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National Ballet of China

Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center, 8:00pm

Raise the Red Lantern: "Internationally celebrated director Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers) transforms his smash hit film, based on the epic novel by Su Tong, into a dazzling full-length ballet event, praised by London's The Telegraph for its "exquisite beauty and impressive discipline." Through the haunting tale of a concubine sold by her mother into a stifling world of resentment, Zhang brings a fresh perspective to dance staging, intermingling gorgeous pas de deux with elements of folk dance, Chinese opera, acrobatics, and emotionally charged scenes of love, jealousy, and tragedy. The production features stunning choreography by Wang Xinpeng, a lush, original score composed by Chen Qigang, sumptuous sets by Zeng Li, and beautiful period costumes by France's Jérôme Kaplan.

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