Imagine Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai, the main characters from the eastern classic romance, Butterfly Lovers, showing their affection for each other using ballet dancing
Date/Time: Feb 3 2019, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pmVancouver, Queen Elizabeth Theatre | Event calendar
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What happens when you take one of China’s most famous folk tales, pair it with the equally renowned, Asian-inflected concerto it inspired, and then give it to a western ballet company, a Japanese Canadian ballerina, and a Vancouver choreographer to interpret? – Janet Smith, The Georgia Straight, 2018.
Imagine Yingtai expressing her deepest sorrow for Shanbo’s death while the symphony of a western orchestra plays in the background.
Canadian choreographer Joshua Beamish aims to break down tradition by using ballet, combined with SFUCO Co-President Dan Jeremy Reyes’ rendition of the Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto and Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra’s live performance led by Taiwanese-Canadian conductor Ken Hsieh, the show is set to tell a modernized version of this classic story.
Hailed as the Eastern “Romeo and Juliet” this tale transcends time as it gets envisioned in a new medium, using body language and music to express emotion. Going beyond gender and cultural traditions, east meets west in a captivating new experience. Don’t miss out on this exciting event this Lunar New Year!