For the first time, the National Ballet of China (NBC) will be performing the internationally-acclaimed ballet “Raise the Red Lantern” in the Philippines.
Hosted by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the two performances will take place at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) on October 27 and 28. Both cultural institutions, with the assistance of the Chinese Embassy in Manila, will be hosting the 101-member delegation of the NBC from China.
“Raise the Red Lantern” was first staged in 2001, and has since become a world-renowned ballet that showcases the work of first-class composer Chen Qigang and choreographer Wang Xinpeng. With the combination of traditional Chinese opera and classical ballet, this work was selected as China’s “National Program for Excellent Stage Art” and is a globally-recognized Chinese ballet.
The ballet is based on the original story by Su Tong, a classic Chinese novella that details the lives of four women – one first wife, three concubines – vying for the attention of their husband. Set in 1920’s China, the fictional narrative of how these women from different generations navigate their roles within this specific patriarchal culture, has made it a most important text for scholars of Asian literature and women’s studies.
Aside from the CCP performance, NBC will also perform “Raise the Red Lantern” at the Rizal Open Air Auditorium for the Filipino public.
The goodwill performances are facilitated by the Executive Program of the Cultural Agreement between the Governments of the Philippines and China for 2015 to 2018. This agreement was signed in November 2015. ***