Shanghai Ballet: The Butterfly Lovers

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For more than three decades, the Shanghai Ballet has been dazzling international audiences with its unique repertoire of folk-infused Chinese ballet and classical Western masterworks. For the company's Berkeley debut, audiences are treated to the "Romeo and Juliet" of Chinese folklore—a poignant love story that dates to the Tang Dynasty. The Butterfly Lovers follows a young couple's ill-fated romance through elegant choreography, splendid costumes, and evocative sets depicting the natural—and supernatural—worlds. These masterfully trained dancers convey the story's bittersweet beauty with expressive hand gestures and theatrical pantomime, evocative complements to their stunning classical technique.


Zellerbach Hall
2430 Bancroft Avenue
Berkeley, CA
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  1. Zellerbach Hall
    2430 Bancroft Avenue, Berkeley, CA