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The Sixth International Theatre Olympics in Beijing

The Sixth International Theatre Olympics in Beijing Performance Review YOU AND ME. Directed by Zhang Yimou. National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing, China. 1 November 2014. FOLDING: BEIJING 2014. Concept, choreography, and design by Shen Wei. National Theatre of China, Beijing. 4 November 2014. Before APEC China 2014, citizens of Beijing, directed by the government, were on full alert to showcase China's soft power to the world. The sixth Theatre Olympics in Beijing, hosted by the Beijing municipal government a week ahead of the APEC meeting, was considered a well-timed cultural event that would present significant foreign productions and local performing arts. Such productions, taking their place in the cultural and artistic memories of the local people, can lift a nation's cultural pride. The artistic program of the 2008 Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony highlighted the nation's traditional beauty and demonstrated China's longing to communicate with the world. The opening of the sixth Theatre Olympics brought back pleasing memories of 2008. Zhang Yimou and Shen Wei, the artistic director and choreographer, respectively, who orchestrated the 2008 Opening Ceremony, heralded the sixth Theatre Olympics with their productions during the first week (Zhang's Beijing opera You and Me and Shen's dance performance Folding: Beijing 2014). These two http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

The Sixth International Theatre Olympics in Beijing

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 33 (1) – Mar 11, 2016

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Performance Review YOU AND ME. Directed by Zhang Yimou. National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing, China. 1 November 2014. FOLDING: BEIJING 2014. Concept, choreography, and design by Shen Wei. National Theatre of China, Beijing. 4 November 2014. Before APEC China 2014, citizens of Beijing, directed by the government, were on full alert to showcase China's soft power to the world. The sixth Theatre Olympics in Beijing, hosted by the Beijing municipal government a week ahead of the APEC meeting, was considered a well-timed cultural event that would present significant foreign productions and local performing arts. Such productions, taking their place in the cultural and artistic memories of the local people, can lift a nation's cultural pride. The artistic program of the 2008 Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony highlighted the nation's traditional beauty and demonstrated China's longing to communicate with the world. The opening of the sixth Theatre Olympics brought back pleasing memories of 2008. Zhang Yimou and Shen Wei, the artistic director and choreographer, respectively, who orchestrated the 2008 Opening Ceremony, heralded the sixth Theatre Olympics with their productions during the first week (Zhang's Beijing opera You and Me and Shen's dance performance Folding: Beijing 2014). These two

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Asian Theatre JournalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Mar 11, 2016

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