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Shanghai Ballet: The Butterfly Lovers

Krannert Center has a beloved tradition of leaping into the spring semester with the beauty of classical dance performances—and this season we uphold that legacy with the exquisite artistry of the award-winning Shanghai Ballet. For over 30 years, this heralded troupe has presented repertoire from both the Eastern and Western canons, earning recognition for “technically exquisite and emotionally moving” performances (Ottawa Citizen). The Butterfly Lovers, a dramatic and soaring tale of complicated love, hidden identities, and the overcoming of great obstacles, is choreographed by company director Xin Lili and incorporates Chinese aesthetic elements in its design and movement.

Fog, haze, and strobe lighting will be used during the performance.

Recommended for ages 10 and up.

This performance will last approximately two hours with a 20-minute intermission.

Endowed Sponsor

  • Doloris Dwyer

Patron Co-sponsors

  • Shozo Sato in loving memory of Alice
  • Ralph Simmons in memory of Janet Simmons

Corporate and Community Silver Sponsor

  • Comfort Suites

Corporate and Community Bronze Sponsor

  • Jeffrey Van Buren, Senior Vice President-Investments of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC and Valerie Van Buren

With deep gratitude, Krannert Center thanks all Patron Sponsors and Corporate and Community Sponsors.

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Event Details

Tryon Festival Theatre
Tu Jan 28, 2020 - 7:30pm
We Jan 29, 2020 - 7:30pm
Pick Five+: 43 / SC 38 / STU 15 / UI & YTH 10 Single: 45 / SC 40 / STU 15 / UI & YTH 10