Epic Folk Tale Legend of the Sun in Its American Premiere
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The last date listed for Legend of the Sun was Wednesday June 13, 2012 / 7:30pm.
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Legend of the Sun was very impressive, not only in the sheer number of dancers on stage, but also because of their talent. The leads were all fantastic (Le, his mother, Teng), but the entire show was amazing.
The music for the show is recorded, so there is no orchestra in the pit as there would be for the Joffrey. This has the added benefit of increasing the front seating area by about 4 rows (over the covered pit) - however, avoid sitting much closer at the Auditorium than maybe row E or F, as the width of the stage will be too much to take in without turning your head constantly, not to mention neck strain from looking up.
The only negative to the recorded music is that around the end of Act 3, the CD started skipping for a brief moment.. however it got back on track right away.
The only thing I will say about this presentation that I found.. interesting.. was something that was completely unrelated to the show itself: for some reason, people in the audience thought it was completely acceptable to take pictures, with flashes, all during the show. Even when being politely asked to stop by the ushers, they would soon after resume. At the end of the night, the aisles were practically rushed with people trying to get closer to the stage for a better picture. I've never experienced anything like that at any other theater/opera/ballet event, and I found it somewhat odd.
Legend of the Sun only plays one more night in Chicago, 07/13/2012, so if you're reading this now, then yes - I'd advise you to go. For dinner, avoid the somewhat pedestrian "Artist's Cafe" on Michigan and instead try the wonderful "Custom House Tavern" a block or so west on Dearborn.
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Took my elderly Asian parents and 14 year old son to this performance. Similar to large scale Broadway musical. Very well done. Dance performance was impeccable and music was grand. Appreciated the opportunity to see this with my family at...continued
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Unfortunately, Legend of the Sun did not meet my expectations. Being that we got these tickets at a discount, we felt a little better than if we wasted money on full price tickets. The choreography was equal that of a small high school show ,...continued
Nanning Art Theatre presents ‘Legend of the Sun’, a spectacular production of dance and music that tells a dramatic tale of heroic strength and passion from the legends of the Zhuang people of Guangxi, China.
Adapted from folk tales of the Zhuang people, Legend of the Sun is a story from long, long ago, when the courageous mountain people of Guangxi set forth from their cold valley to journey toward the horizon in search of the sun, to bring warmth and light to their land. As the story opens, the villagers gather together to decide who should embark on such an important and difficult journey. An old man speaks up and says, “Let me go, I am wise and experienced.” A young man says, “Let me go, my legs are strong and powerful.” The children say, “Let us go, we are young and have our long lives in front of us.”
Then a beautiful Zhuang woman, who was pregnant with child, comes forward and says, “Please let me go. If I cannot make the journey all the way, then the baby in my belly can continue on the road of our ancestors toward that beautiful place of the sun.”
The villagers agree with the wisdom and courage of the young mother, and so she is chosen to make the difficult journey in search of the sun. Along the way she gives birth to her son, Le, and educates him in the ways of the world, and prepares him to overcome the many obstacles and difficulties to complete the mission. After the death of his courageous mother, Le continues on his own, and in the course of his long journey he falls in love. For a time he forgets his mother’s counsel and the expectations of the villagers back in the cold valley. But in the end, Le remembers the powerful words of his mother and the purpose of his critical mission. He perseveres and through his enduring strength and the hope of his people he crosses the horizon and arrives at the beautiful place where the sun rises.
This vivid and thrilling folk tale is presented through breathtaking traditional dance sequences from Guangxi and its people. With colorful names like “bronze drum,” “hydrangea dance,” and “grab the fireworks dance,” the traditional styles are infused with modern dance technique to create a unique combination that pulls all the elements of the story together in an exciting and emotional experience. Brilliant costumes are inspired by the traditional dress of the Zhuang, Miao, Dong and Han people.