The Moon Opera – created by Chinese dancer and choreographer Wang Yabin – will have its world premiere at the National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA) on October 4-6, 2015, and is also to be staged at the Shanghai International Arts Festival on October 19-20.
As the outcome of Yabin and Her Friends‘s seventh season, a project funded by the China National Arts Fund for 2014 and commissioned by the 2015 Shanghai International Arts Festival as part of the Young Artists Initiative, The Moon Opera was created and produced by Yabin Dance Studio and co-produced by Jiangsu Province Performing Arts Group Co., Ltd. Adapted from a novel of the same title by celebrated Chinese contemporary author Bi Feiyu, the project is directed, choreographed and starred by Wang Yabin. In adherence to the mission established in 2009 of “uniting local and foreign talents to create and perform,” Yabin Studio has invited experts and talents from around the world to contribute: well-known Chinese virtuoso opera singer and artist Pei Yanling as Peking Opera advisor; Chinese composer Guo Sida and Polish composer Olga Wojciechowska, the latter of whom has previously worked with Yabin Studios in composing the score for Genesis produced by Yabin Studio in 2013; Kimie Nakano from the world-famous Akram Khan Dance Troupe as costume-designer; Matt Deely as set designer; and lighting designer Wiley Cessa. Wang Yabin herself is main choreographer, but worked in collaboration with fellow choreographers Fan Lei and Zhang Zhi, and top Chinese dancers Li Xing, Shan Sihan, Bi Ran, Qian Kun and Wang Mingchao.