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Wheelchair dance group take part in performances

With the help of local disabled persons federation, nine handicapped persons started a dancing group in July this year in Changning district of Changzhou. With the age that ranged from 30 to 51, they use wheelchairs as the steps, taking part in various performances.
Source: Xinhua | 2015/10/13 9:09:21

Dance drama 'Crested Ibis' staged in E China

Dancers perform dance drama "Crested Ibis" in Nantong, east China's Jiangsu Province, Oct. 11, 2015. The dance drama shows the elegance of Crested Ibis, an endangered species, and calls for animal protection.
Source: Xinhua | 2015/10/12 11:18:56

Spanish flamenco dance drama 'Carmen' staged in Beijing

Dancers from Spanish Aida Gomez dancing troupe perform Spanish flamenco dance drama "Carmen" at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 4, 2015.
Source: Xinhua | 2015/10/5 12:01:50

'The Moon Opera' set to rise in October

Chinese dancer and choreographer Wang Yabin will stage her new work The Moon Opera at Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts from October 4-6, the dancer said in a press release on Sunday. A commissioned work for the 2015 Shanghai International Arts Festival, the dance drama will also be staged at the festival from October 19-20.
Source: Global Times | 2015/8/24 17:23:01

International troupes to strut their stuff at Beijing Dance Festival

Thursday, the Beijing Dance Festival began its annual two-week mission to bring a number of high quality international performances to China's capital.
Source: Global Times | 2015/7/21 21:08:03

Chinese ballet blossoms in New York's Lincoln Center

The Peony Pavilion, one of the most famous love stories in China, was performed here Wednesday night by National Ballet of China and National Ballet of China Symphony Orchestra on the stage of Lincoln Center.
Source: Xinhua | 2015/7/9 17:03:17

Echoes, eternity and an emperor

Zhang Xiaoding, the general manager of the Shanghai Grand Theater, believes modern ballet is the perfect form to reinterpret the very classic love story. “Looking back at a centuries-old, familiar story with a modern approach is more interesting and more relevant for viewers today,” Zhang told the Global Times.
Source: Global Times | 2015/6/23 18:03:01

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