The Kennedy Center presents National Ballet of China in Raise the Red Lantern as part of this year’s Lunar New Year Celebration, a festival that began in 2016. The last time this ballet was performed was at the Center’s 2005 Festival of China. Based on the 1991 film of the same name by Zhang Yimou, Wang Xinpeng and Wang Yuanyuan have choreographed a production that incorporates classical ballet with traditional Chinese theater, music, and dress. Raise the Red Lantern tells the story of how the love of a concubine for an opera actor and the jealousy between her and another concubine as they yearn for the favoritism of their master result in tragedy.
With its hybrid of western ballet and Chinese culture, the renowned company has won a distinguished reputation for performing cherished works and original creations.
– Alicia Adams, VP of International Programming
Since 1959, National Ballet of China has been an ambassador for the art in their country. Their repertoire consists of more than 200 ballets which includes the evergreen classics such as Swan Lake, Don Quixote, and Giselle, as well as new works which focus more on the conservation and preservation of the spirit of Chinese culture.