Starting May 5, a series of spectacular activities as part of the 2012 China Culture Year in Turkey will herald the İstanbul Theater Festival.
The Chinese Culture Year events will be a precursor to the festival, which will take place between May 10 and June 5.
The Shanghai Song and Dance Ensemble will present two shows, “Mother Earth” and “Dances of the Dynasties,” on May 5 and 6 at İstanbul’s Fulya Art Center. Thirty-five artists from the ensemble will be on stage in İstanbul. Dou Dou Huang is the artistic director of the shows. “Mother Earth” makes a reference to natural disasters, featuring composer Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring.” “Dances of the Dynasties” premiered in 1987 at the Shanghai International Arts Festival and has been staged over 800 times in China.
On May 7 and 8, the venue will host Peking (Jingju) Opera, featuring a performance mixed with song, dance and combat. The performance is made up of four parts: The first part tells the story of a warlord’s love for his bondmaid, the second part is about a young warrior’s brief meeting with his mother after 15 years, the third part is about a fight at night at an inn, and the last part is about a bondmaid who is upset because the emperor does not come to her.
The Chongqing Tongliang Dragon Dance Company and Foshan Lion Dance Company will stage a street theater performance on May 10 from Tünel Square to Galatasaray Square on İstiklal Street in İstanbul’s Beyoğlu district.