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Dance-drama: Thousand-Hands Bodhisattva

http://www.chinese.cn 16:01, January 20, 2011 National Center for the Performing Arts

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Thousand-Hands Bodhisattva
Thousand-Hands Bodhisattva

Presenter: Taiyuan Dance Troupe

Chief Director: Zhang Jigang

Venue: Opera House

Dates: Jan. 27-Feb.01, 2011 19:30

Price: VIP 580 520 460 400 280 180 100 RMB

Programme Introduction

The sun rises, not from the east, not from the west, but from the heart.

With brightness in heart, and love in heart, it's time to spread warmth.

With kindness in heart, and love in heart, you are going to stretch out thousand hands to help others.

With kindness in heart, and love in heart, thousand hands are going to help you.

Thousand-Hands Bodhisattva
Thousand-Hands Bodhisattva

The dance-drama Thousand-Hands Bodhisattva is the latest work of Zhang Jigang, a famous Chinese choreographer. It collects all the excellent artists in various regions of dance drama in China, and by telling about buddhism story of Thousand-hands Guanyin, it displays the noble spirit of harmony, benevolence and self-sacrificing love of Chinese nation. As a best work on stage integrating thinking and entertaining, it expresses to its utmost the splendid and brilliant traditional Chinese visual elements on stage.

Synopsis

Thousand-Hands Bodhisattva
Thousand-Hands Bodhisattva

Long long ago, a plague attackes the country Dai. Even the king Hui Yuan is not immune from it. His life is then at stake. He has three daughters: the first daughter is power-obssessed and wants the throne, the second one dies young, and the third is merciful and warmhearted.

At the horrible time, the third princess pleads to the king to look for a magical lotus flower to save the king's life. The first princess sends her servant to follow her sister and triesto rob her of the lotus flower to prevent her from saving the king, so that the first princess could assume the throne soon.

Led by a red butterfly and after suffering countless hardships, the third princess at last finds the magical lotus flower that is connected to her. For the sake of her people, she unwaveringly goes to the endless sea of suffering regardless of her own danger.

Thousand-Hands Bodhisattva saves people from hardship and arousees truth, goodness and beauty in human being.

Zhang Jigang
Zhang Jigang

Chief director: Zhang Jigang

Zhang Jigang is a famous director in contemporary China. As the president and postgraduate tutor of People's Liberation Army Institute of the Arts, he receives the special subsidies from the State Council. Concurrently, he is the member of the 6th and 7th national committees of China Federation of Literary and Art Circles, chairman of China Special Art Committee, vice-chairman of China Dancers Association, and vice-chairman of Beijing Dancers Association. He was given the title of "Century Star", the only choreographer in Chinese dancers circle. He was also granted the award of "20th Century Dance Classics of Chinese Nation". He was deputy director-in-chief of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and executive director-in-chief of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Paralympic Games.

Zhang Jigang has created more than 420 works, of which many have been staged in over 60 countries and regions. Quite a few of his works have been transplanted to the stage at home and abroad and won him top awards. He has won for nine times the top award at international contests: the international top award, "Prix du President de la Republique", "Best Director Award of Hollywood", international gold award (three times), international "Golden Clown Award" (three times). And he has won top award, gold award and first prize at home for more than 40 times. His works were scheduled as "masterpiece dramas" of national stage art masterpiece project in 2004 and 2006. Being director-in-chief of various international and national evening performances for more than 60 times, he is acclaimed as a "genius of choreography".