Beijing Dance Theatre
The Golden Lotus
North American Premiere
September 21 & 22, 2017, 8pm
Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver
Beijing Dance Theater presents The Golden Lotus - or ‘Jin Ping Mei’ - the contemporary ballet adaptation of China’s most notorious banned novel. Forbidden in China for the past 700 years due to its storyline of sexual desires and erotic content, the Vancouver presentation marks the first time this controversial work will be performed outside of Asia.
Acclaimed choreographer and BDT director Wang Yuanyuan (former Principal dancer and resident choreographer with the National Ballet of China) has assembled a team of luminaries to transport audiences into the dark underworld of The Golden Lotus. The exquisite artistry of the 28-member company will be enhanced by the production’s lavish sets and costumes by Oscar-winning Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), and music by Du Wei with advisement by Chen Qigang (musical director of the Beijing Olympics' opening ceremony).