Center for the Arts Welcomes the Shanghai Ballet

Posted: September 26, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Born out of the age of reform in the People’s Republic of China, the Shanghai Ballet represents a microcosm of the reform and opening up in the republic as it develops and sharpens its own repertoire. For its highly anticipated debut at the Concert Hall, the Shanghai Ballet dances a classical 20th century Chinese ballet, “The White-Haired Girl,” on Saturday at 8 p.m., and one of ballet’s most treasured jewels, “Coppelia,” on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Formed in 1979, the company adheres to the international traditions of classical ballet, while recognizing the importance of creating ballets based in the folk traditions. Traveling the globe, the Shanghai Ballet brings this highly desirable mix of the ancient and the classical, and East and West, to ballet lovers everywhere.

A 30-minute artistic discussion, led by a company member, will be held on the Grand Tier 45 minutes prior to each show. Tickets range from $24 to $48 and are available through at (703) 218-6500, or in person at the Center for the Arts box office.

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