The Butterfly Lovers 梁山伯与祝英台 China Guangzhou Ballet Troupe 广州芭蕾舞团 at Vancouver Chinese Cultural Festival 2011
The Guangzhou Ballet Troupe 广州芭蕾舞团 travelled to western Canada to perform at The Centre as part of the Vancouver Chinese Cultural Festival 2011 温哥华中国文化 (Oct. 21-23, 2011). More than 30 dancers took part in presenting a variety of ballet acts including Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, Don Quixote by Marius Petipa etc. Most notably, the last act of the evening was The Butterfly Lovers 梁山伯与祝英台 Shanbo Liang and Tingtai Zhu. It is a very famous southern China folk lore. A Romeo and Juliet story for the Chinese audience. In ballet form, the storytelling is through choreography, movement, gesture, music, lighting and imaginative mise-en-scene. Not a single word was spoken. No translation necessary either. Quite a performance. The ‘East Meets West’ cultural exchange festival was organized by the Association of Chinese Cultural Foundation – Canada and APCEO Canada and had the support of the Chinese government (via its Embassy & Consulate General) and all levels (federal, BC provincial and city) of the Canadian government.
VIDEO – The Butterfly Lovers, China Guangzhou Ballet Troupe
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