NATIONAL BALLET OF CHINA: Raise the Red Lantern. This world renowned piece is an adaptation of Su Tong’s novel, Raise the Red Lantern, which was made into a film directed by Zhang Yimou in 1991. It highlights the works of reputed first-class artists including composer Mr. Chen Qigang and choreographer Wang Xinpeng, giving a unique taste of the perfect combination of traditional Chinese opera and classical ballet, through a spectacular performance that captures the original story.
Catch the National Ballet of China with ther colorful and lively stage adaptation of Su Tong's novel "Raise the Red Lantern", choreographed by Wang Xinpeng and scored by Mr. Chen Qigang, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre) on October 27 - 28, 2016.
In partial fulfillment of Article 1 on Cultural and Arts Exchanges Item No. 10 of the Executive Program of the Cultural Agreement between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and Government of People’s Republic of China for the 2015-2018, the Philippines shall be hosting 101-man delegation of the National Ballet of China, featuring the ballet “Raise the Red Lantern” on October 24-30, 2016.
Raise the Red Lantern was created and premiered in 2001. Led by its former director Madam Zhao Ruheng, the company invited a diverse group of world renowned artists, including the film director Zhang Yimou, composer Qigang Chen from France, choreographer Xinpeng Wang from Germany and Wang Yuanyuan, stage designer Zeng Li and the French costume designer Jérôme Kaplan. This international creative team conceived and produced this modern ballet fusing cinema, shadow play, Peking opera and all sorts of Chinese culture elements with western ballet vocabulary.
In over 50 years of the company’s history, Raise the Red Lantern was an experiment and a fresh model of collaboration, which provides basis for further creative works of the company. Since its premiere the ballet has been presented all over the world for more than 400 performances. It was selected in the “National Program for Excellent Stage Art”, and has become an internationally acclaimed Chinese ballet.
Raise the Red Lantern will be shown at the CCP Main Theater on October 27 (invitation only) and October 28 at 8:00PM. Tickets are free and will be offered on October 25. It’s on a first-come, first-served basis with 2 tickets being given per person, so get yours now! For more information, please call the CCP Box Office at 02-832-3704.