THE LEGEND OF MULAN @ DAVID H. KOCH THEATER
Following its remarkable engagements of The Peony Pavilion (Jan 5-8, 2012), Silk Road (Feb 27- Mar 3, 2013) and The Red Dress (Mar 6-9, 2014) at the David H. Koch Theater (Lincoln Center), China Arts and Entertainment Group returns with a new spectacular dance drama production The Legend of Mulan by the Hong Kong Dance Company. Its US premiere will be performed from March 5-8, 2015.
The Legend of Mulan re-tells a tale of the globally recognized and iconic heroine from ancient China, who was originally presented in a Chinese poem known as the Ballad of Mulan dating to the fifth century. Mulan, a peasant girl, disguised herself as a man to join the army in place of her aged father. She fought for a decade and gained much respect. She gave up a position at court and retired to her hometown instead. Traditional Chinese virtues are examplified through the unusual adventures and touching story of Mulan, who shows extraordinary courage when it comes to protecting her country and family. A heroine with moral courage and intelligence, Mulan's exceptional wisdom and vision transcend fame and fortune.
Over time, the story of Mulan rose in popularity as a folktale and became widely taught in schools. It has also inspired a number of screen and stage adaptations, including an animated Disney movie released in 1998. The Hong Kong Dance Company brings to the stage an inspiring re-telling of this legendary story through the astonishing power of dance and in a fascinating new way. The Legend of Mulan received two 2014 Hong Kong Dance Awards - for Outstanding Production and Outstanding Ensemble Performance.
The Hong Kong Dance Company was established in 1981 with the aim of promoting Chinese dance, and was incorporated in 2001 as a charitable and non-profit-making institution. It is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.Since its inception, the Hong Kong Dance Company has staged over 100 productions, many of which were highly popular with critical acclaim. The company has toured internationally as well as around Mainland China as a way to encourage cultural exchange, and performed for such big events as Beijing Olympics in 2008, the East Asian Games in 2009, and Shanghai World Expo in 2010.
The presenter China Arts and Entertainment Group (CAEG) is the first large state-owned cultural enterprise in China. It was founded in 2004 based on the merger of the China Performing Arts Agency (CPAA) and the China International Exhibition Agency (CIEA). With a history of more than 50 years, CPAA and CIEA have gained international acclaim by undertaking thousands of governmental cultural exchange projects and commercial stage performances and arts exhibitions both at home and abroad.Such productions as the opera Turandot on its original site in the Forbidden City of Beijing, Shaolin Warriors, ERA-Intersection with Time, and the Chinese language version of classic musicals Mamma Mia and Cats,win great success in market benefits as well as brand establishment.The most recent project of great significancedone by CAEG is the Cultural Performance for the 22nd APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting held at the National Aquatics Center (Water Cube) of Beijing.
Main Creative Team for THE LEGEND OF MULAN
Director & Choreographer - Yang Yuntao
Music Director and Composer - Matthew Ma
Set Designer - Yuen Hon-wai
costume Designer - Karin Chiu
Lighting Designer - Yeung Tsz-yan
Lyricist Shum Wai-chung
The David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center (View)
20 Lincoln Center
New York, NY 10023
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Feb 26, 2015 4:29 PM