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National Ballet of China's Nationwide Tour- to celebrate the 50 anniversary of The Red Detachment

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#1 yudi


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Posted 08 June 2014 - 08:33 AM

Ever since her world premiere in 1964, the National Ballet of China has presented about 2000 performances of the ballet The Red Detachment that has still retained the record as the hottest Red ballet in China. (The hottest White ballet is Swan Lake, as you all know.) 
To celebrate the 50 anniversary of her debut, the NBC made a plan to take a major nationwide tour of The Red Detachment, and all performances would take places in Poly Theaters. Including shows in Beijing and her "hometown" Hainan early this year, the NBC is totally to give 50 performances of The Red Detachment in 2014. 
At the same time the NBC would perform John Neumeier's ballet THE LITTLE MERMAID along the tour.
2014/5/21—22,Shenzhen,《The Red Detachment
2014/5/25—26,Chongqin,《The Little Mermaid
2014/5/28—29,Chongqin,《The Red Detachment
2014/6/01—02,Wuhan,《The Little Mermaid
2014/6/04—05,Wuhan,《The Red Detachment
2014/6/08,Wenzhou -《The Red Detachment
2014/6/10—11,Ningbo -《The Red Detachment
2014/6/14—15,Wuxi -《The Red Detachment
2014/6/17,Taizhou -《The Red Detachment
2014/6/20,Kunming -《The Red Detachment
2014/6/22,Hefei -《The Red Detachment
2014/6/25—26,Qingdao -《The Red Detachment

#2 Helene



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Posted 08 June 2014 - 01:32 PM

A short version "The Red Detachment of Women" is performed in John Adams' opera "Nixon in China" to portray how the Nixons intended a performance while in China.  Mark Morris did the choreography for the Met Opera production performed and shown in HD in 2011.

#3 cubanmiamiboy


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Posted 09 June 2014 - 02:19 AM

I wonder what the young post-wall western audience would make of this...I'm not in this category, but to be honest...the thing doesn't appeal to me at all-(obviously in part due to having had my fair share in life of artistic communist propaganda..).

#4 sandik


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Posted 09 June 2014 - 08:12 AM

A good question -- the work is still in active repertory (unlike many of the early Soviet dramballets), and though I think White Haired Girl is more interesting choreographically, Red Detachment is the iconic work. 


I wonder if, at some future point, the Chinese equivalent of Ratmansky will create a new version, as Ratmansky has with some of those early Russian works.

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