A review of Shanghai Ballet by Janice Berman for San Francisco Classical Voice.
The Butterfly Lovers, then, is distinctively Chinese by design. An evening with the butterfly lovers reveals the strengths and weaknesses inherent in this east/west mash-up. One of the stunning expressions of distinctiveness is in Zhu’s tiny rondes des jambes a terre, a show of her love for Liang. These little circles of the foot, tenderly brushing the floor below her downcast gaze, allude to olden times, with Chinese emphasis on the sensuality of the feminine foot — in China as in the west part of the impetus toward what became ballet.