Daily Archives: February 1, 2020

A Chinese drama expressed through dance; “The Butterfly Lovers”

On January 29, 2020 “The Butterfly Lovers” was performed by the Shanghai Ballet in the Tryon Festival theater at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts

Written by Daniel Plata

“The Butterfly Lovers” is a romantic drama that takes place in ancient China, the entirety of the story is expressed entirely through the medium of ballet. Luckily the booklet given out for the performance had a summary of the story included within.

Booklet given with performance and theater in the background

In addition, before the performance a fellow student and Dr. Robinson had given our class a run down of the plot. Though even with some prior knowledge of the performance given beforehand I personally had some trouble deciphering certain events. Yet, somehow being tasked with figuring out the story myself actually made watching the performance even more enjoyable. I was left to my own devices to figure out what gestures of the body meant what and trying to interpret the body language on my own forced me to think more critically of the performance itself. Unfortunately I was unable to take any pictures of the performance itself because beforehand an announcer asked the audience to refrain from taking any photos or videos of the performance.

The theater hall where the performance took place

Many parts of the performance itself were easily understood and enjoyable for all, such as the part where the antagonist bullied the old scholar and where the antagonist and male protagonist fought for the female protagonist. Also, just the raw ballet portion of the performance was a spectacle to see. At some point one performer spun for a ridiculous span of time ushering a resounding applause from the audience. A lot of the maneuvers performed were pure feats of athleticism and very exciting to see.

End of performance after every when left the theater hall

Overall the experience was immensely enjoyable and I’d recommend anyone to go see it for themselves.

A beautiful and tragic love story performed by Shanghai Ballet – “The Butterfly Lovers”

On Jan 29th 2020, “The Butterfly Lovers” which is a famous Chinese love story was performed by Shanghai Ballet in Tryon Festival Theatre.

Written by Jiaxuan Meng

My ticket stub for the play

 “The Butterfly Lovers” is a Chinese tragic love story of a pair of lovers, Liang and Zhu, who fell in love with each other but forced to separate. Liang died for Zhu and Zhu died for love. In the end, both of them transformed into beautiful butterflies to live together in another world.

The Shanghai Ballet, which is one of the world’s preeminent ballet companies, brought this legend of the Chinese love story to the international stage. The group of brilliant dancers performed this great ballet show at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts on Jan 28 and 29, 2020 to celebrate Chinese New Year.  This play lets the world know better about the Chinese romantic love story from traditional Chinese culture and backgrounds.

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A Ballet Worth The Hype: The Shanghai Ballet’s Production of Butterfly Lovers

The world renowned Shanghai Ballet performs their production of the 2001 Chinese Ballet “Butterfly Lovers” in the Tryon Festival Theatre at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

By Elena Grantcharski

Ticket stub for the Wednesday performance of Butterfly Lovers

Butterfly Lovers was a very emotive ballet with a romance story that attacked my hopeless romantic heart. The fact that this story was in the format of a ballet is very significant because the dancers did a very good job of showing how ballet is a very powerful and emotive dance form. Throughout the ballet, they show the yearning they have for each other and you can feel the strong emotional tension between them through the types of dance moves. There is a lot of push and pull in their dancing which perfectly describes the unfortunate circumstance of their relationship. They always try to pull each other together but always get pushed apart by society and by the other people in their lives.

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