National Ballet of China's Nationwide Tour- to celebrate the 50 anniversary of The Red Detachment
Posted 08 June 2014 - 08:33 AM
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.
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..).
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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