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As the Swan Lake was performed romantically by the National Ballet of China, the 2021 Qingdao Grand Theatre Art Festival kicked off on September 10.
The 51 days-long art festival, which consists of Hong Yin, Pan Wu and Yun Ju, has launched a total of 31 items and 49 performances, covering 9 performance types, namely stage play, opera, dance drama, music drama, chorus, music concert, vocal concert, children’s drama and lecture, and over 10 large-scale performances.
The “Hong Yin” episode gathers a batch of famous artists and music troupes, including Lang Lang, a famous pianist reputed as the “symbol of China”, Lv Siqing, a prestigious violinist dubbed as “oriental Paganini”, Li Yihua, pipe organ performer who reside in Germany as well as the China Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chorus of China National Symphony Orchestra. As this year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CPC, the China Philharmonic Orchestra, one of top ten most influential philharmonic societies in the world, will perform classic Chinese revolutionary songs including the Ode to the Red Flag and the Red Detachment of Women etc.
The “Pan Wu” episode consists of the Swan Lake by the National Ballet of China, a classic ballet that has gone through vicissitudes, Yi Meng Ru Shi (Just Like A Dream), a dance drama about the fantastic and down-to-earth life stories of Kumarajiva who was a master of civilization on the Silk Road, Shawan Wangshi (The Past of Shawan) which narrates thousands of years’ history and carries forward the culture of Lingnan, Zhi Ci Qing Lv，dance drama of Qian Li Jiang Shan Tu (Thousands Miles of Mountains and Rivers), a masterwork of traditional Chinese landscape painting in Song Dynasty and previously collected by the Palace Museum. By appreciating artistic works that feature the beauty of classical Chinese art and outstanding traditional culture, audiences can feel personally the excellent traditional Chinese culture and innovative vitality of art performances.
The “Yun Ju” episode gathers classic dramas, including Carmen, a world-famous classic opera by the China National Opera House, Maybe Happy Ending, an extremely popular music drama that has scoped music drama awards as well as the Grief Grocery Store, a stage performance based on the original novel of Higashino Keigo.
The Qingdao Grand Theatre Art Festival has been held successfully for ten times in a row. Every year, the art festival gathers the most outstanding annual performances in the Qingdao Grand Theatre. Over the ten years, the festival has introduced world-class performances, including The Sound of Music and Bodyguard, original music dramas, Riverdance, a national treasure-like Irish tap dance drama, Water Moon by Cloudgate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, Madama Butterfly, one of top 10 operas in the world as well as The Hunchback of Notre Dame, an original French music drama. Moreover, a series of innovative, classy and influential art popularization activities have been held, including “citizen concert”, “Weekend Art Collection” and “Laoshan Mountain Art Lecture” etc.
In the festival of this year, the Grand Theatre has launched public benefit activities, such as selling tickets of the 11th Anniversary Concert at the price of only 11 yuan, attending the fashion art exhibition and the 11th anniversary fans festival free of charge. Moreover, the outdoor themed activities, including the “Swan Lake Ballet Outdoor Performance”, “Art Sharing Saloon with Wang Yabin, Prestigious Asian Dancer” and “Yun Shang Yi Script Reading and Discussion”, will get rid of the physical limitation of the theatre so that citizens are able to immerse themselves into the ubiquitous art festival atmosphere all the time to experience culture, arts and recreation. (Zhang Zhimeng)