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Chinese Ballet Blossoms in New York's Lincoln Center

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The Peony Pavilion, a Chinese Ballet premiered in 2008, had its American debut on the night of July 8th on the stage of Lincoln Center Festival.

The lovers Du Liniang and Liu Mengmei were played by Prima Ballerina Zhu Yan and Principal dancer Ma Xiaodong. Another Prima Ballerina Zhang Jian and Kunqu Opera actress Yu Xuejiao (guest) showed us two different egos of Liniang: Flower Goddess Liniang and Kunqu Liniang.

Premiered in 2008, this production has become a gem in the repertoire of the National Ballet of China and the Company has toured it extensively throughout the world to wide acclaim: Hong Kong Arts Festival, Edinburgh International Arts Festival and Melbourne Art Festival, etc.

Ballet Mistress Ms. Natalia Makarova made a special trip to watch the performance of NBC. She has been to China to rehearse her own version of Swan Lake for NBC in 2007. She praised Zhu Yan for her beautiful and moving interpretation. She is very happy to see her Chinese friends in New York and look forward to the next meeting. Another old friend of NBC, the artistic director of American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Mr. Kevin McKenzie came backstage to congratulate the artists. He said that this work presented a superb artistic quality. The flexible limbs of dancers fully demonstrated the romance of ancient Chinese love story. The Orchestra has also showed its high level of performance.

“Zhu Yan's performance is very delicate and moving. The debut success is the fruit of innovative combination of Eastern and Western art forms. All the dancers and musicians performed perfectly...The National Ballet of China brings two distinctive and very different ballets to the festival. Both of these ballets tell us something about China at very different times in its long history," said Nigel Redden, director of the Lincoln Center Festival.

Photographers: Shi Ren, Zhang Yi

 

 

 

 

 

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