Review in The Arts Magazine:
Vibrant, lavish, luscious, rich red and gold layers of colour could not save the rigid, blandness of the choreography in this epic work, Raise the Red Lantern performed by the Chinese National Ballet. The filmic expanse of the staging was a stark contrast to the restrictive movement danced with military precision by the company. They maneuvered strategically in and out of lines; the restricting pointe shoes strangely echoing the traditional platform shoes worn by the Chinese Opera performers. Freedom of movement was severely limited in this work as it stuck steadfast to the sequential narrative, curbing creativity in both the physical and emotional sense. Sensuality finally came about in the tragic ending of the story. Here the three protagonists in white danced a liquid trio in a Balanchine like patterning of form, physicality and emotion that transcended the previous staccato impulses of the other sections.
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