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M&T Bank Dance Series presents Shanghai Ballet and 'The Butterfly Lovers'

by jmaloni


Fri, Sep 20th 2013 07:00 am

The Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo, presents Shanghai Ballet in "The Butterfly Lovers" on Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre. The performance is sponsored by M&T Bank.

The Shanghai Ballet, under the direction of former principal dancer Xin Lili, has a 34-year history of performing classical western ballet, contemporary dance, and folk-styled Chinese national ballet. An audience favorite, "The Butterfly Lovers" features a full corps of dancers, costumes, and a touching story of love and loss.

Often considered the Chinese equivalent to "Romeo & Juliet," "The Butterfly Lovers" is a poignant love story that dates back to the Tang Dynasty. The ballet follows a young couple's ill-fated romance, demonstrated through elegant choreography, splendid costumes, and evocative sets depicting both natural and supernatural worlds throughout.

Tickets are available at the Center for the Arts Box Office (weekdays) and tickets.com. To charge tickets, call 1-888-223-6000. For more information, call 716-645-2787 or visit www.ubcfa.org.

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