China Arts and Entertainment Group Ltd. (CAEG) returns to the David H. Koch Theater with two ballet productions Carmina Burana and Goddess of the Luo River performed by the Guangzhou Ballet. Winner of 42 international awards and 159 national awards, Guangzhou Ballet is one of the most outstanding artistic performance organizations in China. Currently, Guangzhou Ballet has a wide repertoire of 18 large-scale dance operas and more than 70 small and medium-sized programs. It has toured in more than 20 countries and regions, such as Russia, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Australia, and Germany among others.
The Guangzhou Ballet's performance of Carmina Burana features contemporary choreography by American/Chinese choreographer Jiang Qi. Jiang was inspired by Carl Orff's magnificent 1936 composition. And the imaginative medieval poetry. The powerful music of Carmina Burana is a primitive, sensual, insistent rhythm. This makes the performance bold and straight forward in its simple energy and strength. When this master work of music is interpreted and performed by Chinese ballet dancers, it creates its own new unique beauty and energy. It also expands the bridge between the western and eastern cultures.
Goddess of the Luo River was recomposed by Peter Quanz based on "violin concerto" of Composer Du Mingxin, the music style features rising and grand as well as eastern classic lasting appeal, established the romantic solemn and stirring emotion atmosphere in the emotional tone of the whole play, dance music is driving the plot forward like floating clouds and flowing water. Scenarists "changed" the frank and vehement of Chinese folk words to deep and sincere, mellow and full rhyme, "changed" tautology and unplanned actions into simplicity and connotation, express the emotion of "your heart likes my heart" with dancer replacing "my heart", I will never live up to my lovesickness.