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Ah-Lan Dance 2019 Gala Show: "I'll Fly"
De Anza High School Theater
Richmond, CA
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Ah-Lan Dance 2019 Gala Show: "I'll Fly"
2019 Gala Dance Drama: "Ill Fly"
Story Summary

During Chinas Republican Era, the owner of an embroidery workshop and his wife (who ruled the workshop with an iron hand) adopted an orphan child, who was called Niu Niu. She was a bright child, and from an early age she often helped the family with many tasks. Once, on a market day in the village, and Niu Niu and the other embroiderers from the workshop went to the market to sell their crafts.

The market was very lively: There were martial arts and Peking Opera performances as well as candies, embroideries, fabrics, antiques, and all kinds of food for sale, but what most caught Niu Nius attention were the kites. She badly wanted one of the beautiful kites, but she could not afford it. The kite seller, taking pity on Niu Niu, gave her a kite to play with. But just as she was playing happily, the work shop boss and his wife came back and saw her, and they cursed Niu Niu for playing rather than working hard at selling their embroidery.

Niu Niu had studied embroidering from an early age, and she worked at her embroidery from morning until night. Changgong (this name means servant) Xiao Qiang, an orphan boy, was also raised as an indentured servant by the workshop owner and his wife, and he grew up together with Niu Niu. The two little innocent children became good friends. Even as she toiled at her embroidery, Niu Niu couldnt forget the joy that the kite had brought to her that day in the market, and she dreamed that she could fly out of the workshop compound, like a kite, and fly free into the sky... The bosss wife found Niu Niu daydreaming instead of paying attention to work, and became was very angry. The bosss wife beat Niu Niu with a cane, but seeing this, Xiao Qiang blocked her from the blows with his body. From this moment on Niu Niu felt love in her heart for Xiao Qiang.

In time, Niu Niu and Xiao Qiang grew up. Never forgetting their love for each other, they enacted their future wedding in their imaginations and they yearned for a bright future together. But one day Niu Nius fellow workers brought astonishing news: For a rich bride price, the bosss wife planned to marry Niu Niu off to a rich man. Niu Niu and Xiao Qiang, shocked at the fate before them, tried to escape, but the bosss wife caught them and tied them up and so Niu Niu was forced to make ready to marry. This time the kindly embroidery women helped Niu Niu and Xiao Qiang escape, and they cleverly planned to have a man put on a bridal costume and pose as Niu Niu at the wedding ceremony.

On the day of the wedding, as the bosss wife was happily counting the money from the bride price, she found that the bride on the sedan chair looked a bit strange. When she opened the brides red veil, she discovered that the bride was in fact a man, and that Niu Niu and Xiao Qiang had already escaped.

With the help of the trees of an enchanted forest, Niu Niu and Xiao Qiang finally escaped and made their way to the steppes of northern Shaanxi, where men and women had already begun the struggle to overcome the feudal custom of arranged marriage. The people who lived there had heard of their story, and as encouragement to this couple who had finally found happiness, gave Niu Niu and the former servant Xiao Qiang their heartfelt blessings.

With countless stories such as this from then on, the Chinese people were finally able to cast off the ancient burden of feudalistic ideas of marriage, and were free to pursue true love. And with countless stories such as this, women finally gained the right to choose happiness.

Location

De Anza High School Theater (View)
5000 Valley View Road
Richmond, CA 94803
United States


Categories

Arts > Dance

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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