A Documentary Performance
Red is a documentary performance that finds its inspiration and point of departure in 'The Red Detachment of Women', a ballet premiered on September 26, 1964 in Beijing, and one of the eight revolutionary model theatrical works that formed the official cultural canon during the Cultural Revolution.
Recounting the story of Wu Qionghua, a peasant girl who flees enslavement to join the Red Army-led women’s detachment in Hainan Province to fight the Nationalist troop, this nationally renowned ballet was once hailed as an impeccable fusing of revolutionary ideology and artistic mastery, blending Western ballet techniques with the fundamentals of Chinese classical and folk dances.
Choreographer : Wen Hui
Text : Zhuang Jiayun
Dramaturg : Kai Tuchmann (Germany)
Performers : Li Xinmin, Li Yuyao, Liu Zhuying, Wen Hui
Lighting Designer : Edwin van Steenbergen (Netherlands)
Interviewers : Wen Hui, Zhuang Jiayun, Zou Xueping
Music : Wen Luyuan
Translation : Guo Rui, Xu Qian
A co-production between the Beijing Living Dance Studio and the Goethe-Institut China. Presented in collaboration with Dance Umbrella.
Photo by Richy Wong.