Paramount Theatre permeated with a strong aura of authentic Chinese culture as the Beijing Dance Academy performed dances from different time period of China. During the short hour and a half program, the audience was shown dances dated from contemporary to ancient times pre-dating the first dynasty of China. The highlight of the evening is a dance performance choreographed to The Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto, a work composed of East and West elements.

Paramount Theatre permeated with a strong aura of authentic Chinese culture as the Beijing Dance Academy performed dances from different time period of China. During the short hour and a half program, the audience was shown dances dated from contemporary to ancient times pre-dating the first dynasty of China. The highlight of the evening is a dance performance choreographed to The Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto, a work composed of East and West elements.

The program started with “Lotus Flower in June” blossoming out of their shyness, a group female dance with the dancers as ripples and lotus leaves. Followed by the martial arts flavored dance “Infinity”, an interpretation of the endless balanced cycle of creation. The next dance origins back to B.C., showing the primitive yet elegant “Waist Dancing of Chu Women”. After visiting ancient China, the performers brought us back to modern times with contemporary movements and expressions of “Three-Way Crossroads” while dressed in traditional Peking Opera costumes. This dance humorously portraits ideas about love and life in modern society. Next was the female group dance “Singing While Tredding”, with graceful and charming dance forms incorporated from archeological documents. It was the powerfully spirited “Emperor Qin Calls on Troops”, inspired by the terracotta warrior of Qin Shi Huang, that concluded the first half of the program. 

 

   

The main program was “The Butterfly Lovers”, a famed love story from China which first written account dates back to Tang Dynasty. The music, to which it is choreographed, is however a contemporary piece featuring violin solo and orchestra. The dancers emotionally displayed the story of Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai down to every last facial muscles as they showcased the love that transcends societal bonds and even mortality.

   

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