FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA, July 18, 2019) – Liaoning Ballet of China (Hua Ballet), one of China’s most famous ballet ensembles, has dedicated over 35 years to producing new Chinese cultural works and performing beloved ballet classics. They toured in Italy, Australia, France, Japan, Cuba, Russia, Canada and other countries. At the same time, Hua Ballet holds an active cooperation with artists from the United States, Italy, France, Germany, Britain, Australia, Japan, Cuba, Russia, Holland, Denmark and other countries, for master classes, rehearsals and galas.
Now, directly from Manhattan’s Lincoln Center, Liaoning Ballet will bring the classic story of Mulan to life in Hua Mulan at the Merriam Theater on Wednesday, August 28 at 7:00 p.m. Based on the ancient Chinese fable, Hua Mulan’s story became familiar around the world after different adaptions and motion picture release. This original ballet showcases distinctive Chinese elements and modern aesthetics.
“We are honored to bring Liaoning Ballet of China to Philadelphia to the Merriam Theater located on the prestigious Avenue of the Arts. Seeing this ancient Chinese fable of Mulan come to life by this distinguished dance ensemble should be a phenomenal experience for our Philadelphia audience,” said Wai Man, Hua Mulan Ballet Representative.
Hua Mulan is a story of a powerful female general during the Northern and Southern dynasties period. Traditional Chinese girls, at that time, would stay home and wait for their parents to arrange their marriage. Instead, Hua Mulan disguised herself as a male and enlisted in the Army as a replacement for her aging father. She joined her father’s army and defended her country for over 10 years. Despite her well-known military exploits, Hua Mulan excused herself from an official title and returned to her hometown after the war.
The program is performed by star performers who have won awards in international competitions in recent years. The program includes elegant classical ballet, fashionable modern ballet, all with dramatic and exciting stories. Through ballet, the dancers express the pursuit of ideals and the expression of love, so that the audience can capture the many faces of ballet.
Liaoning Ballet of China: Hua Mulan
August 28, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now starting at $38.00. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at www.kimmelcenter.org, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales are available for groups of 9 or more and can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999. See www.kimmelcenter.org for more information.
The Liaoning Ballet of China
The Liaoning Ballet of China established in 1980, one of China’s most famous ballet ensembles, has dedicated to producing new Chinese cultural works and performing beloved ballet classics. In addition to the professional company, they have also built the Chinese School of Ballet Art for developing dancers.
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, the Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center Campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the Merriam Theater. The Kimmel Center is also home to eight Resident Companies: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly POPS, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Curtis Institute of Music. With nearly 9,000 seats per night, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is the region’s most impactful performing arts center, and the second largest in the country. For additional information, visit www.kimmelcenter.org.
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