China Ningbo Brings THE RED DRESS to David H. Koch Theater Next Week

China Ningbo Brings THE RED DRESS to David H. Koch Theater Next Week

For the first time in a major city outside of China (Asia), the Chinese National Award-winning dance drama, "The Red Dress" by the China Ningbo Performance & Arts Group will be performed at the David H. Koch Theater (Lincoln Center) next week March 6 - 9, 2014. The Red Dress is directed by Wang Xlaying, with choreography by Yim Mei and the Composer is Lan Tian. The Stage Art designer is Dai Yannian and the Lighting Designer is Xing Xin. The spectacular production is presented by The China Arts & Entertainment Group (CAEG), a creative enterprise under the administration of the Ministry of Culture for the People's Republic of China. The engagement is the third production in the hope of an ongoing relationship between CAEG and the David H. Koch Theater. These presentations showcase China's historical contribution to the world of theater and art by presenting the finest in Chinese contemporary and classical performing arts to the United States.

The Red Dress tells the touching love story of a young man and young woman from two rich families in an ancient town in southern China. Sweethearts since they were young, they fell in love then moved apart. A promise of marriage makes the beautiful bride-to-be wait for many years for her dream of a red wedding dress. A tale of loyalty, tradition and love, The Red Dress features a company of more than 45 dancers who bring this astonishing tale to life through grand spectacle and movement.

China Ningbo Performance & Arts Group includes: Ningbo Xiaobaihua Yue Opera Company (former Ningbo Yue Opera Troupe), Ningbo Yong Opera Company (former Ningbo Yong Opera Troupe), Ningbo Song and Dance Company (former Ningbo Song and Dance Troupe), Décor Design Center, Phoenix Baihua Theater, and Baiyun Children's Arts Theater, etc. It has a staff of 312, including artists who have received the Plum Blossom Award for traditional Chinese operas, Special Allowances from the State Council, and acclaim and fame in the areas of the arts. The dance productions of Chine Ningbo Performance & Arts Group mainly focus on the features of Southern China and characteristics of Ningbo as a port city. They have produced many notable award-winning stage works. The Red Dress won the 11th National Spiritual Civilization Five Top Project Prize, and the Excellent Repertoire Award of the 7th China Dance Lotus Award.

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