If you have ever seen Chinese acrobatics you know you’re going to expect a certain standard of perfection when it comes to every aspect of the performance. Multi-award-winning Guangzhou Ballet from China is no different; showcasing flawless movements, along with dazzling music and costumes, this summer they will be holding two performances at Lincoln Center of their productions of Carmina Burana and Goddess of the Luo River. Don’t Miss: Guangzhou Ballet at Lincoln Center
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The Guangzhou Ballet’s performance of Carmina Burana features contemporary choreography by American/Chinese choreographer Jiang Qi. Jiang was inspired by Carl Orff’s magnificent 1936 composition. And the imaginative medieval poetry. The powerful music of Carmina Burana is a primitive, sensual, insistent rhythm. This makes the performance bold and straight forward in its simple energy and strength. When this master work of music is interpreted and performed by Chinese ballet dancers, it creates its own new unique beauty and energy. It also expands the bridge between the western and eastern cultures.
Goddess of the Luo River was recomposed by Peter Quanz based on “violin concerto” of Composer Du Mingxin, the music style features rising and grand as well as eastern classic lasting appeal, established the romantic solemn and stirring emotion atmosphere in the emotional tone of the whole play, dance music is driving the plot forward like floating clouds and flowing water. Scenarists “changed” the frank and vehement of Chinese folk words to deep and sincere, mellow and full rhyme, “changed” tautology and unplanned actions into simplicity and connotation, express the emotion of “your heart likes my heart” with dancer replacing “my heart”, I will never live up to my lovesickness.
Goddess of the Luo River:
When: August 17 at 8 pm
August 18th at 1 pm
Where: David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center
20 Lincoln Center Plaza
Price: $50 and up
To purchase tickets click here to call (212) 496-0600
I was not compensated for this post. I received tickets.
Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman is a freelance writer and has written for several blogs, including The Huffington Post. She has been living in the New York City area for eighteen years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree, but blogging is her true passion. Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to three kids (ages 12, 10 and 6) and loves finding great products for her family.