Dance drama “Soaring Wings: Journey of the Crested Ibis” tells the story of the rare crested ibis bird and its reemergence after man-made urbanization. The balletic performance marks the Boston debut of the Shanghai Dance Theatre (SDT) on Jan. 11 to 12, 2018 at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre.
“The choreography of ‘Soaring Wings’ adopts the contrasting choreography style, namely, the classical beauty of harmony between man and nature, and the modern separation and indifference caused by industry,” said director and choreographer Tong Ruirui.
SDT principal dancers Zhu Jiejing and Wang Jiajun will perform “Soaring Wings” in Boston. The story is by playwright Luo Huaizhen and music by Guo Sida. The performance raises awareness of the significance of keeping a harmonious relationship with other living creatures, and the interdependence between human beings and nature.
The performance marks Zhu’s first visit to Boston. She is an accomplished dancer and finalist on the Chinese version of “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Zhu said, “I use dance to communicate with the world, adopt the body language to convey thought and feeling. There is no distance and boundary.”
“Soaring Wings” features traditional Chinese music, opulent costumes, and expressive choreography in recounting the tale of the crested ibis. Initially considered extinct, Chinese scientists discovered seven of the birds in 1981 in Shaanxi Province, with its numbers increasing in China, Japan, Korea and eastern Siberia.
Zhu hopes aspiring dancers will rise to new heights like the crested ibis. “I wish them all to find a dance that belongs to them, and wish they all find the stage on which they will shine,” she said.
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