PeonyPav­il­ion plays in park set­ting

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By HUA SHENGDUN in Vi­enna, Vir­ginia

The Na­tional Bal­let of China per­formed The Peony Pav­il­ion out­doors on Tues­day evening out­side Washington.

The per­for­mance was held at the Wolf Trap Foun­da­tion for the Per­form­ing Arts in Vi­enna, Vir­ginia, an am­phithe­ater de­signed to be in har­mony with its na­tional park set­ting.

“I ex­pected to see beau­ti­ful cos­tumes, gor­geous danc­ing, and hear beau­ti­ful mu­sic, and I have ex­pe­ri­enced all those things,” said au­di­ence mem­ber Melissa Labutta.

Writ­ten in 1598 dur­ing the Ming Dy­nasty, The Peony Pav­il­ion is a tra­di­tional Kunqu Opera clas­sic.

“The show is very col­or­ful and cre­ative,” said David, who had an or­ches­tra level seat.

The Peony Pav­il­ion is an adap­ta­tion of a fa­mous Chi­nese love story. A no­ble­woman falls asleep in her fam­ily’s gar­den, and in her dreams, falls in love with a hand­some young man. She can­not find him in hthe wak­ing world, and then she dies of a bro­ken heart. She ap­pears to him as a ghost, and then gets brought back from the dead.

“It ex­ceeded my ex­pec­ta­tions, and it is just gor­geous,” Labutta said of the show. She said a frened who has taught in China and told her of how dra­matic the show would be.

“I was pre­pared for that, and I thought the drama made it very beau­ti­ful,” she said.

Je­sika Floyd, who drove one hour to see the per­for­mance, said she found it a “bit ab­stract but still ex­quis­ite.

“I love the ta­pes­try, the col­ors, and the flow of the whole en­tire per­for­mance,” she said. Liu Jingyang and Zhang Andi con­trib­uted to this story.

PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

ThePeonyPav­il­ion, a ro­mance based on a 400-year-old epic mas­ter­piece of Kunqu opera, has been adapted into bal­let by the Na­tional Bal­let of China. On Tues­day evening, the bal­let per­formed at the Wolf Trap Foun­da­tion for the Per­form­ing Arts.

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