Saturday, March 23, 2002 20:00
Macao Cultural Centre Grand Auditorium
Internationally acclaimed film director Zhang Yimou and the National Ballet of China join forces on Zhang's second stage venture - Raise the Red Lantern, a spectacular ballet production which brings Beijing Opera to the ballet stage and marks a watershed in collaboration between artists from China and Europe.
Su Tong's novel Raise the Red Lantern was adapted by Zhang into an award-winning film of the same title. This new adaptation in the form of a ballet depicts the plight of a woman who is forced through circumstances to become the concubine of a wealthy man. A secret love affair between the concubine and an opera actor inspires the jealousy of another concubine, leading to tragic consequences.
Germany-based Wang Xipeng, who has worked with different European companies, is the choreographer. Chen Qigang, the composer, is currently Artistic Consultant of Cite de la Musique, Paris. French stage-costume designer Jerome Kaplan created exquisite costumes for the dancers.
Director and art director: Zhang Yimou
Composer: Qigang Chen
Choreographer: Xinpeng Wang
Stage designer: Zeng Li
Costume designer: Jerome Kaplan
Lighting designer: Yves Bernard
Conductors: Li Xincao, Zhang Yi
Producer and general supervisor: Zhao Ruheng
National Ballet of China
China National Ballet Symphony Orchestra
Presented by New Music Entertainment