Cal Performances/Zellerbach Hall
October 19, 2007
by Rita Felciano
copyright © 2007 by Rita Felciano
The American premiere of the three-act “Mei Lanfang” by Guangzhou Ballet raised a number of intriguing questions, particularly about how an outsider looks at work that is so deeply imbedded in a particular culture. Using movement language that included Chinese opera and Western style ballet and a non-dramatic approach to narrative, the piece told the story of Mei Lanfang (1894-1961), a legendary performer with Peking Opera who became best known for interpreting female characters.