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Crested ibises, an international preserved rare bird species, known as the “birds of good fortune”, are gorgeous and precious creature symbolizing happiness and blessings. They used to be so innocent, gentle and graceful and lived with human beings in the agrarian times as human’s loyal and adorable companions. However, when accelerating the pace of modernization and urbanization in modern times, human beings neglect the deterioration of the living environment of crested ibises.
The natural habitat upon which the wild crested ibises are so dependent on their breeding, such as blue sky, clean water, and tranquility, has become so hostile that they are forced to die out gradually. Recently, the discovery of the last seven wild crested ibises in Yang County, Shaanxi Province, made the endangered creature come into people’s sight again. Today, with joint efforts from Chinese and Japanese scientists, crested ibises have received increasingly conscious protection and care from human society. Therefore, the “bird of good fortune” now embraces the auspicious revitalization.
The dance drama Crested Ibises produced jointly by the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and The Publicity Department of the CPC Shanghai Committee. The performance, themed as the preserved bird crested ibises, aims to aware people of the significance of keeping a harmonious relationship with other creatures. Through the presentation of crested ibises’ beauty, purity and grace, it reminds people to reflect on the interdependence between human beings and nature. We sincerely hope that human beings will not only take responsibility for their own homes but also be the watcher for the homeland for all creatures on the earth.
Crested Ibises will provide people with special feelings of purity and beauty, focusing on issues of environmental protection, and the relationship between human beings and nature. It appeals to the public to cherish this friend of nature forever, for the sake of that near eternal loss. Besides, it encourages the pursuit of the unyielding values of “the true, the good and the beautiful”; it warns people of the problems encountered in the development process; it advocates the ecologically friendly and sustainable development concept. Overall, the emotional resonance and ideological inspiration is what Crest Ibis is expected to bring to its audiences.
About the story
Crested ibis, known as the “bird of good fortune”, is a beautiful and precious rare creature symbolizing happiness and blessings.
Centuries ago, in agrarian times, human beings live in harmony with the crested ibis, a good friend, and an adorable companion.
Deep in our memory, crested ibis is a passionate bird, who would appear reserved, elegant, sacred and noble, yet also sensitive, vulnerable and occasionally distant. At one time, the crested ibis is such a close and warm friend to us.
No one knows when these "birds of good fortune" gradually fade away from our site.
Human beings, who are busy racing on the track of modernization and urbanization, neglect the deterioration of the living environment of crested ibis. The natural habitat upon which the wild crested ibises are so dependent on their breeding, such as blue sky, clean water, and tranquility, has become ever narrower and hostile.
In the middle of the 20th Century, it is declared that crested ibis has been enlisted as an endangered species of wild nature.
In May 1981, Chinese scientists accidentally discovered seven wild crested ibises in Yang county, Shanxi province. Therefore, the "birds of good fortune" which have been declared endangered repeatedly fade in people's sight again.
Today, in China, Japan, Korea, and eastern Siberia, with our increasingly conscious and careful protection, the size of the population of crested ibis has been growing as an auspicious sign.
For "the unbearable lightness of being", and for what was lost in the past, let’s appeal to cherish the future forever.
About the company
Founded in Jun. 1979, Shanghai Dance Theatre (SDT) completed the enterprise restructuring of sate-owned art troupes in Nov. 2009. SDT is committed to creating Chinese national dance dramas, contemporary dances, vocal music productions, instrument music productions, etc.
Since its foundation, SDT has accumulated a large number of high-quality artistic productions such as the grand costumes dance drama Golden Dances & Silver Costumes, dance-dramas Shinning Red Star, Wild Zebra, Farewell to My Concubine, Hua-Mulan, The Red Clouds over the Horizon, Stage Sisters, Turn in to Dancing, Crested Ibises, The Eternal Wave, etc.
SDT has received many awards and honors including China Five Projects Award of Spiritual Civilization Construction by the Propaganda Department of the Central Committee of the CPC, Splendor Award of Government Award for Chinese Culture and Art by China Ministry of Culture, China National Stage Art Fine Works Project Award, gold prize of Lotus Award of China National Dance Competition, gold prize of Chinese National Minority Dance Competition, first prize of Professional Dance Competition of East China, award of Shanghai Fine Art Creation, gold awards of international vocal competitions in Singapore, Japan, Korea, and so forth.