A SPECTACLE BEYOND BORDERS

11 Oct

yin yang

THE LEGEND OF YIN & YANG

Worldwide Stage Inc. announces The Legend of Yin and Yang, a musical by a joint company of gifted Chinese and American singers, actors and acrobats. These talented artists will perform at the Houston Baptist University Morris Cultural Arts Center on Saturday Oct. 31 and Sunday Nov. 1. The bilingual production unfolds a heartfelt musical story of conflict, cooperation and love. This innovative bilingual production incorporates Mandarin and English dialogue and original songs into a wide variety of theatrical styles: American Broadway, Hip Hop dance, Chinese Acrobatics and Martial Arts, ensuring that young and old will be enthralled and entertained. 

“This joint production is an important event in the history of Sino-US cultural exchange. The story of The Legend of Yin and Yang is very touching and the artists’ performance is truly impressive,” says Jinzhou Hua, past Houston Consul General. 

Hip Hop dance is a main component of the production. The talent of the WyldStyl Hip Hop Dance Troupe brings an urban element to the show. The company has gained great acclaim throughout Houston in various competitions and showcases including the prominent Dance Houston show. The troupe brings creative artistic movement to the forefront and has won many awards including Best of Show 2008 and Audience Pick for both fall and spring 2008. 

Another component of the show comes from the talent of the YATE Acrobatic Troupe who makes the show a visual delight. The troupe, established for almost half a century in Shenzhen, China, has created hundreds of outstanding shows in China, France, the Netherlands, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan. They display superb acrobatic skill, creative costuming and employ unique theatre art techniques to take audiences to increasing magical heights. 

The Legend of Yin and Yang illustrates a true collaborative spirit between Chinese and American artistic leaders and performers that brilliantly highlights the strengths of each nation’s art. With the new 2009 production set to show in Houston, The Legend of Yin and Yang celebrates the 30th Anniversary of Sino-American Relations. 

The genesis for The Legend of Yin and Yang was a cultural exchange program in 2005 that took place in Florida and Guizhou, China. This joint effort of governments sponsored the musical’s creation, production and tours in both countries. During the first run, over 20,000 attended the performances and thousands more watched the PBS television special: The Making of a Legend

Worldwide Stage, Inc. is presenting The Legend of Yin & Yang spectacle with support from the Houston International Protocol Alliance, the Shenzhen Mayor’s Office, the Shenzhen Office of Cultural and Foreign Affairs Departments along with support from several Chinese American Associations. Hotel Sorella and Continental Airlines are official sponsors of the 2009 Houston performances.  

Performances will be on Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $28 for students, $38 and $48 for adults. Visit www.yinyangshow.com for more information or call 281-239-8888. 

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