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China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater performs Princess Zhaojun

  • 16 Mar 2019
  • 17 Mar 2019
  • 2 sessions
  • 16 Mar 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)
  • 17 Mar 2019, 2:00 PM (EDT)
  • Boch Center Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St. Boston, MA 02116

Princess Zhaojun: The true story of how one woman brought together a nation

China Arts and Entertainment Group will present the Boston Debut of the China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater in a new production of Princess Zhaojun.

Direct from China, the production brings back to life the real story of one of China’s most important heroines Wang Zhaojun who sacrifices her comfortable palace life to maintain peace on the turbulent border of northern China.

Tickets start at $70 and go on sale to the general public on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 10:00AM. They will be available online at bochcenter.org, by calling 866-348-9738, or at the Boch Center Box Office, 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA. Groups of 10 or more may reserve tickets now by contacting Boch Center Group Sales at (617) 532-1116 or groups@bochcenter.org.

Centuries ago, the Xiongnu had constantly invaded the territory that today stands as China’s Inner Mongolia region, and threatened the northern border of Han Dynasty. During the period of Emperor Yuan (49BC-33BC), Huhanye Chanyu, monarch of the Xiongnu, expressed his wish to establish friendly relations with Han Dynasty. The emperor decided to make peace with Huhanye through marrying off his daughter. The princess refused the arrangement, and Wang, bored with palace life, offered to go instead. To Wang’s surprise, she fell madly in love with Huhanye and did her best to serve as a good queen and build up friendly ties with Han Dynasty.

Thrilling and emotional, sumptuous and stunning, this dance production had its world premiere in 2016 and has since toured throughout China. In 2017, it was performed in the National Auditorium of Mexico and won wide acclaim. Critics have described the production as captivating to “the audience [who] were fascinated by the history, the costumes, the scenery and the dance” (El Universal), “unparalleled aesthetic quality” (AEscena) and Princess Zhaojun conquered Mexico” (CIO.tv)

ABOUT China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater: China National Opera and Dance Drama Theater, which is directly affiliated with the Ministry of Culture in the People’s Republic of China, is the largest state-level theater with the longest history in China. The theater consists of an opera troupe, dance drama troupe, folk music troupe, symphony orchestra, stage design department, creation studio, and performance department.

For over 50 years, the theater has created and performed more than 100 operas and dance dramas. The theater has been invited to perform in throughout Europe, America, Asia, Africa, and Oceania, which helps not only to promote international cultural exchange but also to strengthen friendships between Chinese people and the rest of the world. With its classical stage productions, masterful performing arts and first-class artists, the theater has won recognition and appreciation both domestically and worldwide.


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