The Shanghai Ballet Brings Eastern Spirit to Western Dance

The Shanghai Ballet Brings Eastern Spirit to Western Dance

Paris is bursting with culture, from art to music to dance. And at the Palais des Sports, a sports and performance arena in the 15th arrondissement, those in Paris will have an opportunity to see a talented Chinese ballet troupe from March 13th to 20th, 2014.

The Shanghai Ballet Company strives to combine Chinese themes with Western interpretations. It is considered one of the most prominent ballet companies in China, along with the National Ballet of China, which is housed in Beijing. The Shanghai Ballet Company consists of 70 dancers, including world-ranking soloists.

Established 35 years ago, the company has always employed techniques and vocabulary from classical ballet in order to express stories from Chinese legends and history. They actively seek to bring Eastern and Western cultures together by inviting Western artists to collaborate with them.

In Paris, the Shanghai company will present two performances. The first is called, ‘A Sign of Love,’ telling the story of an impossible love that takes place in Shanghai during the Roaring Twenties. Mixing elegant group ballet, cabaret scenes and even ballroom dance, ‘A Sign of Love’ shows off the diverse talent of the company’s dancers. The story is based on Wong Kar Wai’s ‘In the Mood for Love,’ and the show has been choreographed by the former director of the Ballet du Rhin, Bertrand d’At.

The second performance is called ‘The Girl with White Hair’ (‘La Fille aux cheveux blancs’) and depicts a famous Chinese legend revolving around the fate of a young girl from the countryside. Guests staying at the Hôtel de la Tour Maubourg should therefore try to experience the ‘East meets West’ vision of the Shanghai Ballet Company during their stay in Paris.