“Awakening Lion,” a dance drama by the Guangzhou Song and Dance Theater, is set in 1840 when the warships of Western powers blockaded the Pearl River estuary and the First Opium War broke out. An irregular force made up of Chinese militias and citizens are fighting against the British invaders in the Sanyuanli Village on the outskirts of Canton (now Guangzhou).
The plot reflects the spiritual awakening, courage to fight and national spirit of the people in Guangdong during the political chaos of the time. Such a social climate has been likened to “a lion awakening” and this theme runs throughout the play. The dance show also presents a rich tapestry of human insights, political change, family relationships, friendship, love and the dilemma between families and the nation.
“Awakening Lion” presents indigenous features of old Guangzhou and traditional South China theater style. By integrating innovative elements and multimedia technology, the staging features both modern appeal and visual impact.
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