Wu Jiang, Artistic Director
Female Generals of the Yang Family
Offering a stunning synthesis of stylized action, singing, dialogue, acrobatics, dancing, juggling, costumes, and make-up, the China National Peking Opera Company is widely regarded as the nation's best in upholding the highest expression of Chinese culture. In 1980, the Kennedy Center was among the first to pre-sent the company to American audiences. For the first time in 25 years, the company returns to the Center to present its acclaimed production Female Generals of the Yang Family. Based on the history of the Northern Song dynasty, but fictionalized for the stage, this tale of female ingenuity and strength follows 100-year-old She Taijun as she leads her family of widows into battle to avenge the death of her sons. With the help of a white horse, an old apothecary, and military maneuvers that explode into fantastically choreographed fight scenes, they charge forth to vanquish the invaders.
Performed with Chinese and English supertitles
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