Clas­sic tales from East and West con­verge in lake ex­trav­a­ganza

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICAS - By RAYMONDZHOU in Hangzhou raymondzhou@chi­nadaily.com.cn

State lead­ers and their spouses in Hangzhou for the G20 Sum­mit en­joyed a feast for the eyes on Sun­day night with a gala on the city’s much-sto­ried West Lake.The 45-minute vis­ual ex­trav­a­ganza, Most Memo-rable Is Hangzhou, a ti­tle taken from a poem by Bai Juyi (772-846), high­lighted the city’s rich cul­tural legacy as well as in­cor­po­rated in­ter-na­tional elements that sub-tly re­flect the state of to­day’s glob­al­iza­tion.The evening was billed as a sym­phony con­cert, us­ing a mu­si­cal id­iom that di­rec-tor Zhang Yi­mou chose for its broadly in­ter­na­tional reso-nance. Tra­di­tional Chi­nese instruments wove in with the sounds of a stan­dard or­ches­tra in an East-meets-West mar­riage sug­ges­tive of ex­changes in other ar­eas. Dancers per­formed in the beau­ti­fully lit back­ground in what looked like shal­low wa­ter, and solo per­for­mances were on a fl oat­ing plat­form.In such a set­ting, seg­ments from the fa­mous Rus­sian bal-let Swan Lake, which re­ceived in­stant ap­plause when the fi rst dancer ap­peared, gained a height­ened re­al­ism thanks to in­ge­nious light­ing and pro­jec­tion. Clair de Lune never achieved a more shim­mer­ing eff ect than Sun­day night as the re­flec­tions in the wa­ter brought out vis­ual par­al­lels with the Claude Debussy mu­sic. The clas­sic Chi­nese piece, High Moun­tains and Flow­ing Wa­ters, is much more about nat­u­ral scenery. It was a metaphor for an­cient Chi­nese literati to de­note friend­ship, and its in­clu­sion in the pro­gram is ob­vi­ously a hint at the part­ner­ships be­ing formed by events like ex­changes in other ar­eas. Dancers per­formed in the beau­ti­fully lit back­ground in what looked like shal­low wa­ter, and solo per­for­mances were on a fl oat­ing plat­form.In such a set­ting, seg­ments from the fa­mous Rus­sian bal-let Swan Lake, which re­ceived in­stant ap­plause when the fi rst dancer ap­peared, gained a height­ened re­al­ism thanks to in­ge­nious light­ing and pro­jec­tion. Clair de Lune never achieved a more shim­mer­ing eff ect than Sun­day night as the re­flec­tions in the wa­ter brought out vis­ual par­al­lels with the Claude Debussy mu­sic. The clas­sic Chi­nese piece, High Moun­tains and Flow­ing Wa­ters, is much more about nat­u­ral scenery. It was a metaphor for an­cient Chi­nese literati to de­note friend­ship, and its in­clu­sion in the pro­gram is ob­vi­ously a hint at the part­ner­ships be­ing formed by events like

Bal­leri­nas per­form for G20 lead­ers in Hangzhou on Sun­day. HUANG ZHONGZHI / XIN­HUA

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