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10 most classic Chinese dance dramas

Updated: 2021-04-29 07:00 ( chinadaily.com.cn )
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The ballet The Red Detachment of Women performed by the National Ballet of China is staged in Nanning city, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, May 1, 2018. [Photo/SIPA]

2. Ballet The Red Detachment of Women

Premiere: 1964

The National Ballet of China

The dance drama of a story set in Hainan Island in the 1930s, is adapted from the movie of the same name. With the background of Chinese revolutionary story, it narrates the tale of a servant girl who escapes from a local tyrant family and grows into a female soldier with firm Communist faith under the help of a Red Army soldier.

It was pioneering in creating heroic images of Chinese detachment of women wearing "toe shoes". Combining the Western ballet with Chinese ethnic dances, it was a milestone in the history of Chinese ballet history.

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