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Chinese ballet classic stages in Shanghai

11-22-2012 09:15 BJT

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By CCTV reporter Stanley Lee

Staying with the festival, and a captivating performance of ballet, Chinese style! The National Ballet of China has just staged a marvelous performance at the Shanghai Culture Square. It’s "The Red Detachment of Women", one of the finest productions of Chinese ballet.

"The Red Detachment of Women" premiered in 1964. It was performed for US President Richard Nixon during his visit to China in 1972.

It tells the story of the liberation of a peasant girl from tyrannical landowners and her dedication to the revolutionary cause. A story that’s familiar to many.

Audience member said,"I used to line up to buy tickets for this show as a kid".

The show looks nothing like traditional ballet.

Bold innovations include new dance moves and costumes, as well as infusing revolutionary themes.

Audience member said,"This is truly a red classic, I just can’t get enough".

"It’s wonderful to recapture past memories."

This classic has been staged over 3000 times both in China and abroad. The content and backdrop have remained the same for over 40 years. It seems that some things just never fade away.

The National Ballet of China has just staged a marvelous performance at the Shanghai Culture Square. It’s "The Red Detachment of Women", one of the finest productions of Chinese ballet.

The National Ballet of China has just staged a marvelous performance at the Shanghai Culture Square. It’s "The Red Detachment of Women", one of the finest productions of Chinese ballet.

The National Ballet of China has just staged a marvelous performance at the Shanghai Culture Square. It’s "The Red Detachment of Women", one of the finest productions of Chinese ballet.

The National Ballet of China has just staged a marvelous performance at the Shanghai Culture Square. It’s "The Red Detachment of Women", one of the finest productions of Chinese ballet.

 

 

 

Editor:Qin Xue |Source: CCTV.com

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