Stag­ing a dance, dance rev­o­lu­tion

China Daily (USA) - - LIFE - By CHEN NAN

An orig­i­nal dance drama will mark the 90th an­niver­sary of the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army’s found­ing.

Jing­gang, Jing­gang pre­miered at the Na­tional Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts in Bei­jing on Oct 10. It was chore­ographed by Bei­jing Dance Academy’s pres­i­dent, Guo Lei, and per­formed by the academy’s dance troupe.

The plot fo­cuses on the PLA’s early his­tory, es­pe­cially in the ru­ral rev­o­lu­tion­ary base in Jiangxi prov­ince’s Jing­gang Moun­tains that Mao Ze­dong es­tab­lished in 1927. The site is con­sid­ered the “birth­place of the Chi­nese Red Army” — the PLA’s pre­de­ces­sor — and the “cra­dle of the Chi­nese rev­o­lu­tion”.

The six-chap­ter drama starts with a girl read­ing the let­ter left by her par­ents, who were Red Army sol­diers. It por­trays not only war scenes and sol­diers’ strug­gles but also Jiangxi’s folk cul­ture. It blends lo­cal mu­sic and dance styles with sym­phonic mu­sic, for in­stance.

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