The Lowry is set to host the prestigious National Ballet of China (NBC) this November (22–26) with a five-night run of one of the most enduring love stories in Chinese literature, The Peony Pavilion.
The company, which was founded in 1959, is today regarded as one of the world’s leading ballet institutions.
Its production of the Tang Xiazu play is among its most in-demand work. Written in 1598 and considered an Eastern contemporary of Romeo & Juliet, The Peony Pavilion tells the story of passion pitted against impossible odds.
Performed to the music of Debussy, Ravel, Holst and Prokofiev, the production is directed by Feng Ying, the company’s executive and artistic director – herself a well-known ballerina and ballet mistress in China.
The Peony Pavilion is presented by The Movement, an Arts Council England-supported dance producing partnership between Birmingham Hippodrome, The Lowry and Sadler’s Wells.
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