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Dancers kick off month of art festival events

ETHNIC dance drama "Wang Zhaojun" launched the 11th Shanghai International Arts Festival in a blaze of color last night at Oriental Art Center.

The moving story from Hubei Song and Dance Theater about a legendary political bride who marries a barbarian prince for the sake of stability kicked off a month of entertainment.

Classical ballet, dance, music, opera, drama, exhibitions, puppets, magic and a youth piano competition are some of the highlights, along with Chinese traditional arts.

The festival presents 55 stage performances, 28 from abroad, 27 from China.

Highlights include the Chinese premiere of "Cinderella" by Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, the modern dance "Tenderhook" by the Scottish Dance Theater, "La Traviata" by Seoul Metropolitan Opera Company, the Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem Alumni Ensemble from the United States, Stouxingers Ensemble, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Deutsche Radio Philharmonie from Germany, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Virtuosos such as cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Maksim Mrvica, violinists Edvin Marton and Midori, and guitar masters Tommy Emmanuel and Pepe Romero will perform.

Chinese works include the original opera "King of Chu" by the Shanghai Opera House, ethnic dance drama "Nuo's World" by the Guizhou Song and Dance Troupe, and gala "Qiang Feng" by the Sichuan Qiang Feng Art Ensemble.

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