Arts and Theatre
U.S. Premiere Of Epic Dance Spectacle Qingming Riverside
Inspired by the most important scroll painting in Chinese art history – Along the River during the Qingming Festival, the Hong Kong Dance Company (HKDC)’s epic dance spectacle Qingming Riverside animates the masterpiece and brings to life a prosperous era of Chinese history. The dance drama depicts life in the capital of Northern Song dynasty (AD 960–1127) in the early 12th century in broad painterly impressions, inviting the audience to travel through time to the dynamic city on the Bian Canal, and salutes the long and profound history of Chinese culture through contemporary expressions. This amazing dance event will take place at The Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater for two performances on January 11 and 12 at 8 p.m.
Tickets, starting at $10, are available online at www.kennedy-center.org or at The Kennedy Center Box Office.
Featuring more than 40 dancers, the show has been performed more than 30 times in Hong Kong and abroad. This original production by the HKDC has dazzled more than 30,000 audience members since its premiere in 2007. It was invited to perform at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the 2010 Shanghai Expo. Bai Shuxiang, chairman of the China Dancers Association, describes it as “delightful and attractive, exquisite and refined.”