National ballet of China with Swan Lake and The Red Detachment of Women in Paris
As Feng Ying, its director, rather nicely puts it, “the strength of the National ballet of China is that it is a kind of ‘three-legged duck’: classical ballet, contemporary dance and Chinese dance”.Founded in 1959, this dance company long bore the mark of the Russian school.
In Natalia Makarova’s choreography, inspired by the version produced by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, audiences will observe the influence of that jewel of classical ballet, Swan Lake.
Yet, as early as 1964, the Ballet also laid the foundations for a Chinese repertoire wherein The Red Detachment of Women is considered the founding work. Audiences at Le Châtelet having seen John Adam’s Nixon in China in 2012 were given an insight into this key work of the Chinese cultural revolution, which retraces the great era of the women warriors fighting for their freedom alongside the Red Army in the 1930s. Both ballets will allow audiences to see, in all its diversity, the broad influence of this tremendous Chinese dance company.
Music: Wu Zuqiang. Du Mingxin. Dai Hongwei. Shi Wanchun. Wang Yanqiao
Songs: Huang Zhun
Choreography: Li Chengxiang. Jiang Zuhui
Choreogrophy: Wang Xixian