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.

Audiences waiting outside the theatre.

The performance is composited of four acts: “In School”, “Farewell”, “Against Marriage” and the last one is “Transforming into butterflies”. The four acts well explained how they met and fell in love with each other, and why they could not live together in life.

My favorite act was the last one: “Transforming into butterflies.” This act showed the process that Liang died for Zhu and Zhu died for love. I was deeply impressed and moved when I saw this part. It had an amazing lightning visual effect and the background music “Liangzhu” was very touching. I can feel the sadness of their tragic love. They chose to live together in another world by transforming into butterflies truly expressed the deep love between the pair of lovers.

The photo was taken at the end of the play when all of the characters returned to the stage

It was a great performance and the way the Shanghai Ballet Group interpreted it was amazing! I was deeply impressed and I love it so much!

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