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Ballet in China: From Swan Lake to “Red” Ballets

February 24, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 24, 6:30-8:00 PM
Speaker(s) Name:
National Ballet of China
Mme. Feng Ying, Director and Artistic Director; Du Jichao, dancer; Lin Xingbei, dancer; Yu Xiaoting, dancer; She Zhaohuan, dancer; Mr. Jiang Shan, Production Manager & Director of Operations and Planning
Event Fees: Members $10; Nonmembers $20
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

The National Ballet of China, a beloved national symbol in its homeland and an iconic cultural emissary to the global community, will make a landmark appearance at China Institute together with Mme. Feng Ying, renowned ballerina and Artistic Director of the National Ballet of China. She will speak about this renowned danced company and the evolution of ballet in China, touching on the differing styles and how the company¹s storied traditions continue to develop in the present day, with dancers from the company demonstrating key points.

Perhaps best known to American audiences as the dance company that performed for President Nixon on his historic visit to China in 1972, The National Ballet of China has achieved a well-earned reputation as a truly world-class dance company. The company is distinguished by its spectacular performances of imaginative new ballets and phenomenal interpretations of traditional masterworks from the classical repertoire. Its unique style, imbuing characteristics of its Russian training and techniques picked up from Western counterparts with a distinctly Chinese flair, presents an unforgettable spectacle to its audiences.

Founded in December 1959, The National Ballet of China fuses classical and modern styles to present works bearing its distinct national characteristics. Schooled in the Russian tradition, the company is known worldwide for its adaptations of Western classics including Swan Lake, Don Quixote, and Giselle, as well as original ballets including The Red Detachment of Women, Raise the Red Lantern, The Peony Pavilion, and The Crane Calling. As a dance company renowned for the quality of its performances on the international stage, The National Ballet of China serves as a cultural envoy from the Chinese people to the world.

For questions or to register by phone, please contact Aaron Nicholson at 212-744-8181 ext. 138 or by email at [email protected]


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February 24, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Downtown Office
40 Rector Street
New York, NY 10006 United States
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