Shanghai Ballet Announces 2019 Performance Season
As Shanghai Ballet approaches its 40th anniversary, the company has announced an exciting 2019 performance season featuring a mix of renowned classics, new works, and world premieres. 2019 also marks the 70th anniversary of the PRC. By focusing on its tradition of versatility, excellence, and commitment to the cultivation of young dancers and choreographers, the company has constantly invited world-class artists to create, guide, perform, and give lectures at the Shanghai Ballet.
The season will kick off on the eve of the Chinese Spring Festival with two impressive original works, Hamlet and Inspire. In June, the emotionally-charged and intoxicatingly beautiful love-themed Jane Eyre and A Sign of Love will return to delight audiences.
Wonderful original and classic performances
to greet audiences in Shanghai City
During the 21st China Shanghai International Arts Festival, a Shanghai-styled ballet, La Traviata, will be premiered to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Shanghai Ballet. Over four decades, the company has created 167 original works and has consistently pursued the development of the arts, in line with China’s opening-up and reforms.
Show tour of a variety of ballets across China
The 2019 National Tour Show of the company will focus on two acclaimed masterpieces featuring revolutionary culture with Chinese characteristics, Bright Red Star and White-Haired Girl. Both are contemporary interpretations of a revolutionary theme.
Bright Red Star tells the story of a grown-up Dongzi, from a poor peasant boy to a heroic soldier of the Red Army. In 2019, this work will be further revised and refined in terms of choreography and costumes. It fully reflects the company’s persistence in classics, innovation, revolutionary spirit, and Red culture. It aims to become Shanghai Ballet’s masterwork which narrates a Chinese story in a universal language and showcases a fine representation of Red culture in Shanghai. Its national tour show will start in March and cover more than 20 cities including Nanchang (Jiangxi Province, the birthplace of the story), Beijing, Hangzhou (Zhejiang Province), Xiamen (Fujian Province), and Shijiazhuang (Hebei Province).
The White-haired Girl is China’s first original ballet created in 1964 and the best work presented by the Shanghai Ballet. It is a wonderful marriage of artistic beauty from the West and a unique Chinese style from the East. In 2019, this long-awaited classic will be staged in Beijing, Jiangmen (Guangzhou Province), and Xi'an (Shaanxi Province).
The White-haired Girl
Globalization of Shanghai Ballet
Six works exhibit charms of Chinese ballet
In order to further strengthen cultural exchange and cooperation and to elevate the company’s global influence in the international arena, the Shanghai Ballet will present Echoes of Eternity, The Last Mission of Marco Polo, Lost Star, and Thorns at the Moscow Grand Theater, the Hong Kong Cultural Center’s Grand Theatre, and the Brussels Chinese Cultural Center.
Echoes of Eternity
In the second half of 2019, the Shanghai Ballet will launch a tour to the U.S. with its classical works such as Swan Lake, The Butterfly Lovers, and Giselle. In particular, Swan Lake will be exhibited four times within a week at Lincoln Center, New York. It will be performed mainly by young dancers born between 1990 to 1995 according to the company’s recent program of talent development.
Promote the popularization of arts education
In addition to the aforesaid performance line-up, the company will further endeavor to promote arts education and to provide more opportunities for the transitioning and development of its ballet dancers. To achieve this end, it will strive to open professional ballet classes in all primary and secondary schools of Shanghai City under its umbrella, with names such as "Ballet Maestro Class", "Ballet Experience Classroom", and "Ballet Training Camp for Children with Cerebral Palsy".