THE LEGEND OF BEAUTY
“The Legend of Beauty”holds a special creativity which colors its movements, its production sets,its costumes,and its timeless quality.The ballet will captivate a wide audience,and will open the world’s eyes to the rich history of ancient China.
Scene 1 South of the Yangtze River, Covered with Enshrouding Mist
Xi Shi is an exceedingly beautiful young lad, and falls in love with Fan Li (a minister of the King of Yue State) at first sight. However, they are forced to separate because the country is defeated and the home is lost.
Scene 2 Humiliation besides the Fence
King of Wu State invades the Yue State with irresistible force，leaving the King of Yue State to drag out an ignoble existence. Facing the defeated country and suffered people, the King of Yue State endures the humiliation in order to stage a comeback.
Scene 3 Banquet at Imperial Palace of Wu State
In extravagant, arrogant and willful palace of Wu State, Qiong Ji (the daughter of King of Wu State) greets his father coming back victorious from battlefield. The King of Wu State is lapped in luxury and rejoices with wild excitement with his imperial concubines. The king of Yue State and Fan Li present the beauty Xi Shi to the King of Wu State, who overjoys owning Xi Shi, pardons and sends the King of Yue State back to Yue State, only leaving Xi Shi in State Wu.
Scene 1 Palace Scheming
Xi Shi is as beautiful as the lotus, and becomes the beloved of the King of Wu State, making him addicted to wine and women. Qiong Ji suffers from her father being profligate and devoid of principles, while the King of Yue State determines to be extraordinarily persistent and makes painstaking efforts, hoping to rally forces again, and finally impends over the Wu State .
Scene 3 Excessive Indulgence in Lewdness
For the sake of her father and the state, Qiong Ji puts on a performance hoping to debunk the conspiracy, but displease her father. As a result, the father sends his daughter to ponder upon her “faults” besides the lake. Xi Shi makes use of her beauty to indulge the King of Wu State in lewdness. Entangled with love and hatred for years, Xi Shi cannot broke her ties of love with the three men.
Scene 4 Sorrow Farewell
Besieged by the forces of Yue State, the King of Wu State is defeated and flee down and out, asking his daughter to sacrifice herself to the King of Yue State, but his daughter refuses and commits suicide. Then the King of Yue State forces the King of Wu State to commit suicide. The King of Wu State never regrets for his faults and loves beauty Xi Shi more than his power.
Scene 5 a Lad Washing Gauze
Love and hate fads away, desperate and depressed, Xi Shi drowns herself in Tai lake, leaving the bright lotus to accompany witness her renascence, making her moving story passes from generation to generation.