Grand Chinese folk dance drama - Dragon Boat Racing

Grand Chinese folk dance drama - Dragon Boat Racing

Shanghai International Dance Center Grand Theater
1650 Hongqiao Road Changning Shanghai
9/17/2021 - 9/19/2021
This ticket is only available as a paper ticket
Grand Chinese folk dance drama - Dragon Boat Racing

Grand Chinese folk dance drama - Dragon Boat Racing

9/17/2021 - 9/19/2021
Shanghai International Dance Center Grand Theater
1650 Hongqiao Road Changning Shanghai
180 - 880
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The dance drama of the 15th Wenhua Grand Prize debuts in Shanghai
The masterpiece of ZHOU Liya & HAN Zhen, choreographers and directors of Dance Drama "The Eternal Wave"
Reproduction of the majestic epic of Lingnan culture by the top-notch creative team
Listen!Who is telling the stories sealed in the years, full of sorrow and joy
Watch!The infinite glamour of the Cantonese music, casted by the folk dance drama
[About Dragon Boat Racing]

It is a Chinese dance drama performed by Guangdong Song&Dance Theater. The show tells a story at Shawan Town of Guangdong Province in the 1930s. Shawan is regarded as home to Cantonese music. The "Three Virtuosos of He Family" from Shawan are outstanding representatives of Cantonese music. Based on the story of the "Three Virtuosos of He Family" and other Cantonese musicians, the show takes the creation of a well-known piece of Cantonese music Dragon Boat Racing as the main thread, and demonstrates the persistent pursuit and struggle of Cantonese musicians in carrying forward Chinese traditional music, the noble integrity and inspiring magic of Cantonese music, and the unyielding and striving spirit of Chinese nation.

The dance drama "Dragon Boat Racing" is a dance drama with both national and modern temperament, which perfectly integrates Chinese dance and contemporary dance, telling the story of music with body movements, showing the story of life with music, and demonstrating the history and reality with life. Such dancing language is silent poetry and visible emotion. In nearly two-hour performance, the first act tells the "small love" of personal fate and emotional entanglement with delicate movements, while in the second act, with the background of fighting against enemies, the musicians use music to vent the "big love" of full grief and anger. The audience can be happy or sad, worried or angry with the development of the music and the plot, which is in perfect harmony with the performance of the dancers on stage.
The masterpiece of ZHOU Liya and HAN Zhen, who are the choreographers and directors of "The Eternal Wave"
Together with the top-notch production team to reproduce the majestic epic of the Lingnan culture

Taking the ancient town of Shawan in Panyu, Guangzhou as background, the dance drama tells the story of the Guangdong province and the sentiment of local musicians. It digs deep into the architecture, customs and humanistic features of Lingnan region in various aspects such as music, choreography and characters to show the unique culture that Guangdong boasts.

The dance props are inspired by many local elements, such as the five specific musical instruments in Cantonese music, Yingge sticks, dragon boat drums, etc. The stage design also restores cultural symbols like Shawan clay sculptures, tile carvings and so on. There are also Cantonese opera, Chinese Southern Lion show, etc. The whole presentation of the dance drama is about the Lingnan culture, which has been expressed beautifully and thoroughly.
The preparation of the dance drama “Dragon Boat Racing” was started in June 2013. The creative team includes TANG Dong, screenwriter, DU Ming, composer, ZHOU Liya and HAN Zhen, choreographers and directors, QIN Liyun, designer of the stage art and other members and dancers, bringing together lots of well-known and top-notch talents in China.


He Liunian

Nian, is a leading inheritor of Dragon Boat Racing. He is a traditional Confucian scholar and also a valiant idealistic modern man. He possesses great talent and is highly skilled at playing Gaohu. He is in love with Xu Chunling(Ling).

Xu Chunling

Ling, is a classmate and good friend of He Shaoyan(Yan). Born in an aristocratic musical family, she has an exceptional music education. She is a modern woman, who believes in free and romantic love, and adores Nian greatly.

He Shaoyan

Yan, is Nian’s younger male cousin. He is open and bright and a product of the new ideological trend at the time. He excels in pipa (4-stringed Chinese lute). He collaborated with Nian to rearrange Dragon Boat Racing and is secretly in love with Ling.

Pan Hongying

Ying, a foot-binding woman, is in an arranged marriage with Nian. She possesses all the traditional Chinese virtues and is wholeheartedly devoted to Nian. She does not know music and is incapable of connecting with Nian spiritually.

Xu’s father

Xu Chunling’s father, is a man of emulative character. He is a traditional Cantonese musician and highly respected in Shawan.

Japanese colonel

A high-ranking officer of the Japanese invasion army, is a Chinese music aficionado and a collector of precious musical instruments.
[Cast and Starring]

【Date: 19:30, 17-18 September】


HE Liunian – LI Xing
XU Chunling – LI Yanchao


HE Shaoyan – SUN Ran/LIU Jian
PAN Hongying – WANG Minrui
Xu’s father – QI Qi
Japanese colonel – LI Chaoyi

【Date: 19:30, 19 September】


HE Liunian – JIN Chao
XU Chunling – WANG Minrui


HE Shaoyan –LIU Jian
PAN Hongying – CHEN Ruiqi
Xu’s father – QI Qi
Japanese colonel – LI Chaoyi
[Creative team]

Producer/Artistic Director: XIONG Jian
Screenwriter: TANG Dong
Director/Choreographer: ZHOU Liya & HAN Zhen
Composer: DU Ming
Executive Director: SHI Quan
Stage Art: QIN Liyun & MA Jun
Lighting Design: LIU Fengshu & QIN Nianfeng
Costume Design: YANG Donglin
Stylist: JIA Lei
[Performance team:Guangdong Song&Dance Theater]

Guangdong Song&Dance Theater is a state-owned professional art performance group directly under the Department of Culture and Tourism of Guangdong Province, formerly known as the South China Cultural Troupe, which was established in July 1949. The ensemble has several functional departments such as dance troupe, opera troupe and stage production center.

The ensemble has created and rehearsed dance dramas like "The Torch of Prairie", "King of Nanyue Kingdom", "The Red Cotton", "The Evening Breeze on the Arcade", "Dragon Boat Racing" and "Countryside", dances such as "The Rain Beating on the Banana", "The Luxuriant Pavilion", "To My Wife" and "The Blue Defensive Line", as well as musicals such as "Goodbye, 1990" and the scene concert "The Story of Time", all of which are influential artistic masterpieces nationwide. It has won the Wenhua Award, Wenhua Grand Prize and Wenhua Grand Prize Special Award of the Ministry of Culture, as well as the "Five-One Project" Award of the Publicity Department of the CPC, the "Five-One Project" Award of Guangdong Province, the Grand Prize of the National Dance Drama Performance Award, the Gold Award of the National Dance Competition, the Gold Award of the Chinese Dance "Lotus Award", the Special Award of the Guangdong International Arts Festival, the Special Award of the International Delphic Games, the Gold Award of the CCTV TV Grand Prix, the First Prize of the Guangdong Arts Festival, the Lu Xun Literature and Art Award of Guangdong province, etc. The projects created and rehearsed by Guangdong Song&Dance Theater have been recognized and supported by China National Arts Fund for many years in a row.


Date: 19:30, 17-19 September, 2021

Venue: Shanghai International Dance Center @ Grand Theater

Director/Choreographer: ZHOU Liya & HAN Zhen

Performance team: Guangdong Song&Dance Theater 

Duration: 125 mins (each half 55 mins with 15 mins interval)

Ticket price: ¥80/180/280/380/480/580/680/780/880

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Grand Chinese folk dance drama - Dragon Boat Racing

Shanghai International Dance Center Grand Theater
1650 Hongqiao Road Changning Shanghai
9/17/2021 - 9/19/2021
This ticket is only available as a paper ticket