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THE DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER



Shanghai City Dance - the Dream of the Red Chamber!

01-25-2008

A CULTURAL GIFT to AMERICA and THE BROADWAY & DANCE AUDIENCES OF NEW YORK THIS INTERNATIONAL INAUGURAL EVENT CELEBRATING THECHINESE NEW YEARWILL PREMIERE FEBRUARY 8th & 9thatROSE THEATER IN FREDERICK P. ROSE HALLHOME OF JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTERON BROADWAY AT 60th STREET, NEW YORK, NEW YORK

On February 8th and February 9th SHANGHAI CITY DANCE, LTD., SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL & COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATION and the EASTERN SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL FILM & TELEVISION GROUP in association with NEDERLANDER WORLDWIDE ENTERTAINMENT, LLC will present America and New York's Broadway audiences with the gift of China's first dance company, dancing their award-winning interpretation of China's most revered work of literature, THE DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER.

Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment is proud to support the arts and culture of China, as the U.S. presenter of this beautiful piece. Through its affiliate, Nederlander New Century (the first foreign joint venture approved by the Chinese Ministry of Culture to participate in theatrical presentation and theatre management), Nederlander Worldwide recently presented 42nd Street, the first Broadway show to tour throughout The People's Republic of China.

The historic cultural event will take place on the stage of ROSE THEATER in FREDERICK P. ROSE HALL, HOME OF JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER where the already in-demand tickets will be distributed by invitation only. "THE DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER, The Dance" is being performed by the award-winning BEIJING FRIENDSHIP DANCE COMPANY in celebration of the CHINESE NEW YEAR which begins on February 7th.

Directed and choreographed by the award-winning ZHAO MING, this international inaugural event has been scored by the Academy Award winning composer, SU CONG.

The piece's bewitching lighting design is by China's foremost team, ZHAO ZHONGCHENG and WENG CHUNPU. The radiantly vibrant and breathtakingly gossamer costumes are by SONG LI. Principal dancers ZHANG JIN and SHAN CHONG are China's finest. THE DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER is arguably the greatest book in the canon of Chinese literature.

The venerated story has been adapted for dance by ZHAO MING, WANG XIAOLING, LI FUXIANG and ZHANG WEIDONG. THE DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER follows the tragic story of love and marriage amongst the three main characters: BAOYU, DAIYU and BAOCHAI, who are the honored scions of a great noble family. Besides the love tragedy, the novel reflects the era's social reality and societal changes as it follows the descent of a typical feudal family. THE DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER is not only China's greatest literary work, but it is also an important historical and archival treasure in the research of China's ancient official title system, philosophy, culture and social customs. THE DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER is an all-encompassing integration of the humanities throughout the centuries.

The Dance's hypnotically fluid blend of Chinese traditional and modern choreography presents the evening's narrative in the riveting rhythms of human emotions. The story's high-stake passions and fatalistic emotions are danced against a backdrop of riotous color that can only come from China.

This celebrated gift will be in AMERICA for two evenings only where it will underscore the belief that culture presents the best of who we are as nations. Both the February 8th and the February 9th performances will begin at 8:00 pm.

The historic cultural event will take place on the stage of ROSE THEATER in FREDERICK P. ROSE HALL, HOME OF JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER where the already in-demand tickets will be distributed by invitation only.

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