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NCPA's First Original Dance-drama: Marco Polo

http://www.chinese.cn 09:24, December 22, 2010 National Centre for the Performing Arts

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NCPA's First Original Dance-drama: Marco Polo
NCPA's First Original Dance-drama: Marco Polo

NCPA's First Original Dance-drama: Marco Polo

Presenter: China Oriental Performing Arts Group, National Centre for the Performing Arts, etc.

Production: National Centre for the Performing Arts

Co-production: National Centre for the Performing Arts, China Oriental Performing Arts Group

Venue: Opera House

Dates: Dec. 22-28, 2010 19:30

Price: VIP 680 600 550 450 280 220 160 RMB

Programme Introduction

It's a tradition for the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) to launch some distinctive stage art works for audience as a way to mark its anniversary. Therefore, on Dec. 22 to 28, as celebrating its third birthday, the NCPA customarily unfolds the first original dance-drama Marco Polo.

Dance-drama Marco Polo must be an engrossing masterwork at the hands of the greatest artists of today, home and abroad, including director and producer Chen Weiya, director of the opening ceremony of Guangzhou Asian Games, playwright Zhao Daming, composer Zhang Qianyi, choreographer Gao Guangjian and lighting designer Vladimir Lukasiewicz.

Through the ages, Marco Polo is considered as a legendary personage linking the East with the West. About 700 years ago, he embarked on the expedition to China and his travel notes had become the main inspiration for people around the world wandering on their minds the mysterious ancient oriental nation. Other than repeating his tour at the time, the dance-drama Marco Polo presented by the NCPA narrates in the Chinese way a modern young man possessed by Marco Polo returns to ancient China along his familiar routes, exploring, touching and feeling the splendid and enchanting Chinese culture and social outlook.

Blended Western music with imperial music of Yuan Dynasty, Mongolian music and folk music of south part of China, and by means of the advanced multi-media, the drama unrolls for us a sumptuous and romantic oriental nation. It highlights the divine theme of peace and harmony that Chinese people advocate since time immemorial. "War" and "Peace" becomes its main clash, through which the invaluable humanistic spirit of sacrificing personal interests for that of nation is eulogized.


The leading actor, a modern Italian young man, is a big fan of The Travels of Marco Polo. Taking the book that he has read for countless times with him, he goes on a pilgrimage in Venice, a beautiful city of water. Rowing a gondola along the meandering water alleys, he arrives at the former residence of Marco Polo, in a hurry to turn up some clues or traces about his idol.

Pushing open the worn heavy door, stepping into the old house denudated by the years, he can't help being infatuated by one after another piece of crusted articles touched and used by Marco Polo, making his spirits soar and immersing in his heroic fantasy. Suddenly, his soul seems to be possessed by Marco Polo and incarnates Marco Polo himself. Thus a miraculous journey through time is unveiled.

Marco Polo with both modern and ancient souls within him goes through an arduous and long journey, witnessing the cruelty of war and magnificence of the capital city of Yuan Dynasty, tasting the difficult choice between war and peace, experiencing the evolvement of human society from savagery and barbarism to enlightenment and harmony and the omnipotence of virtuous human nature, apprehending the truth that the human will at last march into a harmonious world. Unexpectedly, in this visionary story, Marco Polo with dual souls also sparks a romance with mixed feelings of sorrow and delight.

Travelling through time and space, the Italian man comes back to the real world, the former residence of Marco Polo. He opens the door and runs towards the seaside, embarking on his exploration of the East and China following the footsteps of Marco Polo.


Chief Director: Chen Weiya

Playwright: Zhao Daming

Composer: Zhang Qianyi

Conductor: Zhang Yi

Set & Costume Design: Gao Guangjian

Light Design: Vladimir Lukasevich