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Fairy tale dances back

By Chen Nan | China Daily | Updated: 2022-08-19 07:53
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Dancers from the National Ballet of China rehearse The Little Mermaid, which is to be staged from Aug 26 to 30 in Beijing.[Photo provided to China Daily]

One of the most layered and fascinating fables of all time about a mythical sea creature willing to give up her identity to pursue her love for a human, The Little Mermaid by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen has seen myriad stage, art and movie adaptations, including Disney's popular 1989 animated romance.

However, very few have been able to combine dance and dramatic storytelling into a stunning spectacle like John Neumeier did. The US artistic director and chief choreographer of the Hamburg Ballet has done more than justice to Andersen's original tale by elevating a fantasy into a sophisticated portrayal of psychological transformation and resilience of the spirit, human or otherwise.

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