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French choreographer casts Faustian spell on London

With a nod to golden-age artists from Fred Astaire to Charlie Chaplin, French choreographer Philippe Decouflé has brought a musical extravaganza to London inspired by the soul-selling diabolical story of Faust.
Source: AFP | 2015/6/22 16:08:01

Young ambassadors

A Chinese ballet Wild Zebra, performed entirely by 8- to 12-year-old students, will step on stage at the Edinburgh International Festival on August 13, according to China Young Cultural Ambassadors (CYCA), the organization bringing the play overseas.
Source: Global Times | 2015/6/17 16:18:01

The 4th China Xinjiang International Dance Festival announces dates

The 4th China Xinjiang International Dance Festival will hit the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region from July 20 to August 5, presenting 70 performances by 25 troupes from China and other countries, organizers announced at a press conference last Thursday in Beijing.
Source: Global Times | 2015/5/10 18:33:01

'Ballads from Grandma'

Wang Xiaoying, 24-year-old mother to a 7-year-old, has long awaited a chance to prove herself a good dancer. Now that chance has finally arrived as she and her fellow villagers will step on stage in Beijing to perform the Miao group dance poem Wuka Tiaoqia (Ballads from Grandma) on May 16 and 17. Just three months ago, Wang was living in a remote village in Southwest China's fifth-tier county of Huangping, Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou Province, where she took care of her son just like many of the other Miao ethnic minority dancers in the troupe. However, after taking part in a song and dance talent show held at a local square, she was picked up by Long A'duo, a well-known Miao ethnic minority dancer and director and long-time collaborative partner with director Zhang Yimou.
Source: Global Times | 2015/5/4 18:03:01

Russia mourns its ballet legend

Russia on Sunday mourned the death of Maya Plisetskaya, one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century who dazzled the world with her mesmerizing performances and rare beauty. Plisetskaya, whose free-wheeling spirit defied the limits of Soviet-era art, died Saturday of a heart attack in Munich at the age of 89.
Source: AFP | 2015/5/4 16:13:01

'Swan Lake' ushers in the 2015 Meet in Beijing Arts Festival

One of the most influential arts festivals held every year, the Meet in Beijing officially ushered in the month-long arts festival with the classic ballet Swan Lake Thursday at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA).
Source: Global Times | 2015/4/23 18:53:01

Bowing out of Ballet

Aurelie Dupont, a principal ballerina for the Paris Opera, will step down from the star position next month at age 42 after performing L'Histoire de Manon, which will be shown in hundreds of cinemas across Europe and North America.
Source: AFP | 2015/4/16 18:03:01

Lifeblood of dance

She was the dance choreographer for director Zhang Yimou's film House of Flying Daggers. She founded the dance studio Yabin Studio, building it into an internationally recognized brand name through high quality performances over six years. She is also an actress of TV drama Rural Love, which has made her a familiar face to Chinese audiences across the nation.
Source: Global Times | 2015/4/7 18:13:01

Meet in Beijing Arts Festival to start with coproduction of classic ballet 'Swan Lake'

The 15th Meet in Beijing Arts Festival will open on April 23 with a Sino-US coproduced ballet Swan Lake, the festival's organizers announced at a press conference Thursday.
Source: Global Times | 2015/4/6 18:03:01

Adaptation of Chinese erotic classic finally coming to mainland

"Never underestimate your audience," famed choreographer Wang Yuanyuan stressed several times during her interview with the Global Times. This statement underlined the confidence she has in her decision to continue presenting her once highly controversial work The Golden Lotus, now retitled as The Lotus.
Source: Global Times | 2015/3/31 17:23:01

Spring Equinox

Every time the mass media talks about contemporary dance in China, topics always seem to focus on the negative side: the art form's limited audience, performances that are difficult to understand and hard working dancers struggling to make a living. The last point is especially high profile as even dance celebrities like Jin Xing need to take jobs as TV hosts or judge reality shows to support their dance troupes. However, Willy Tsao, who many see as the father of contemporary dance in Hong Kong, argues that the media's portrayal of contemporary dance is far from true.
Source: Global Times | 2015/3/30 18:38:01

Giant Brazil street parade as carnival revs into top gear

Dancers on stilts, bare-chested cowboys, Carmelite nuns and plenty of bare flesh flooded Rio's streets Saturday as revelers cranked up the volume at Brazil's carnival festival.
Source: AFP | 2015/2/15 17:53:01

Chinese dance drama promotes "Maritime Silk Road" at UN HQ

"I thought the story was very powerful. It was about family, love, adventure, friendship, and inheritance," Maria Kucinski said after watching a traditional Chinese dance drama "Dream of the Maritime Silk Road."
Source: Xinhua | 2015/2/7 11:09:38

At Bolshoi, world ballet stars dance for Ukraine's young dancers

A dozen top ballet stars including Svetlana Zakharova and Natalia Osipova put up a dazzling performance on Sunday at a keenly awaited but politically sensitive gala at Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre in support of young dancers in the war-torn country of Ukraine.
Source: AFP | 2014/12/8 18:38:02

Chinese modern dance makes debut in Malta

Professional dancer of Beijing Modern Dance Company performs in Valletta University, Malta on Novmber 22, 2014.
Source: Xinhua | 2014/11/23 10:40:22

'74 is the New 24': Dance pioneer Moroder announces new album

Giorgio Moroder, one of the pioneers of synthesized dance music, has announced his first album in 30 years with the declaration: "74 is the New 24."
Source: AFP | 2014/11/18 18:28:03

Dancers of Kecskemet City Ballet perform in Budapest

Members of the Kecskemet City Ballet perform the Fifth Season choreographed by Dora Barta and Andrej Petrovic in Budapest, Hungary on Oct. 7, 2014.
Source: Xinhua | 2014/10/8 11:02:09

Chinese Fujian Art Troupe performs in Senegal

Artists from Chinese Fujian Art Troupe dance at the Grand Theatre in Dakar, capital of Senegal, Sept. 29, 2014. Chinese Fujian Art Troupe visited Senegal on Monday and presented a soiree with the theme "The Stunning Charm of Fujian".
Source: Xinhua | 2014/9/30 11:15:21