Australian Premiere of Chinese Dance Spectacular
Sydney & Melbourne | November 21 & 25
TICKET GIVEAWAY! … We have 2x double passes to giveaway to each show – Sydney on November 21 and Melbourne on November 25. To enter please send in your name and number to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject title ‘Chinese Zodiac’. Entries close November 11. Winners drawn at random.
China’s highly acclaimed musical dance spectacular TALES OF 12 CHINESE ZODIAC promises to thrill its audiences when it premieres at the Sydney State Theatre on 21 November and Melbourne Palais Theatre on 25 November.
A cast of 50 from China Oriental Performing Arts Group will stage the exquisite production which features colourful pageantry, stunning costumes, masterful choreography and music featuring Chinese percussion instruments with western ones such as the djembe, a hand drum from Africa, and the conga, a drum from Cuba.
In addition to Chinese classical and modern dance, calligraphy, Peking Opera, martial arts and other China’s most representative cultural elements are woven into the production.
The zodiac culture originates from ancient times, when Chinese ancestors categorised years by animal signs. The Chinese zodiac bestows its individual characteristics to those born in its corresponding year.
“The twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac represent the most important and symbolic part of traditional Chinese culture,” says Shen Chen, Director and choreographer. “I would like to show the circle of life, the circle of the four seasons and the circle of nature through dance and music.”
Divided into four acts, the story follows the characteristics of twelve important historical periods of China, exhibiting every zodiac animal’s character traits from The Ox pasturing in the Wild to The Dragon returning to the Origin.
China Oriental Performing Arts Group comprises China’s finest music and dance performers, representing the highest standard of music and dance art in China. Having performed across China, they have also toured five continents covering more than 70 countries and regions.
What is your Chinese zodiac sign? Don’t miss this musical dance spectacular if you want to know more about your zodiac!