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In this "visually ravishing" production (Guardian, U.K.), renowned Chinese choreographer Yang Liping presents her stunning vision of the climactic battle between Chu and Han armies in 202 B.C., an encounter that changed the course of Chinese history. The story emerges from a fusion of martial arts, contemporary and Chinese folk dance, gymnastics, and hip-hop, along with live musicians and "breathtakingly gorgeous" design (Financial Times) by Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Based on historic events that form the backdrop of the Oscar-nominated film Farewell, My Concubine, Under Siege blends ancient traditions with modern sensibilities to explore war and power, betrayal and passion with searing poignancy.
“Undeniably an extraordinary feat of theatre.”– Dance Australia
“An aesthetic triumph.”– Guardian (U.K.)
Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 7:30 pm David H. Koch Theater
Pre-performance lecture by Renqiu Yu on Thursday, August 8 at 6:15 pm in the Bruno Walter Auditorium, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Major endowment support for contemporary dance and theater is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Endowment support for the Mostly Mozart Festival presentation of Under Siege is provided by the Blavatnik Family Foundation Fund for Dance.
The Mostly Mozart Festival presentation of Under Siege is made possible in part by the Harkness Foundation for Dance.