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CPAA Productions Ltd. presents: Image China: Dragon Boat Racing

Friday, February 2, 2018 - Sunday, February 4, 2018

Dragon Boat Racing, an award-winning Chinese dance-drama performed by the Guangdong Song and Dance Ensemble, tells the story of the creation of one of the most iconic and enduring pieces of Cantonese music.

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CPAA Productions Ltd. presents
Image China: Dragon Boat Racing

Set in 1930s China against the backdrop of the Japanese occupation, Dragon Boat Racing follows two lovers whose passion for each other is equaled only by their passion for music. It tells the story of how one of the finest and most famous Cantonese compositions comes to be... and how it becomes a musical theme that inspires an entire nation.

The 2014 Chinese premiere of Dragon Boat Racing garnered such acclaim among audiences that it became a cultural phenomenon throughout China. In 2016 the production was awarded the prestigious Wenhua Award. Since 1980, this national award has been presented every three years by the Chinese government to recognize the highest level of staged performing arts productions presented by the Ministry of Culture.

Following its U.S. premiere at Lincoln Center in 2016, the New York Times described the show as "a stormy sea of love and song."

Performance Timing: Act One - 50 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act Two - 50 min.