Japan’s Matsuyama Ballet Company to bring dance performance ‘The White-Haired Girl’ back to the Chinese mainland in May

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/5/14 16:43:39

A scene from Matsuyama Ballet Company's The White-Haired Girl Photo: Courtesy of the China International Culture Exchange Center

As a part of a series of cultural events commemorating the 45th anniversary of the normalization of Sino-Japanese diplomatic relations, Japan's Matsuyama Ballet Company will stage The White-Haired Girl, the troupe's best-known performance in China, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Friday.

An adaptation of the Chinese folk story featuring the tragic life of a rural Chinese girl named Xi'er during the 1940s, the dance performance debuted in China in 1958 in Beijing, where it caught the attention of then Chinese leaders including Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai.

According to the performance's organizers, Yoko Morishita, the troupe's 69-year-old veteran dancer, will be playing Xi'er.

After the Beijing performance, the troupe will perform in Huai'an, East China's Jiangsu Province, on Saturday and then perform again in Shanghai on May 23.

The first foreign troupe to adapt a story from Chinese folklore into a ballet, the Tokyo-based Matsuyama Ballet Company has been regarded as an outstanding participant in Sino-Japanese cultural exchanges over the decades.

Coming this time at the invitation of the China International Culture Exchange Center, this will be the troupe's 15th visit to the Chinese mainland.

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