Chinese Embassy Hosted a Reception in Honor of Richmond Ballet 's Upcoming China Tour
2015/05/08

 

On May 4th, 2015, Wu Xi, Minister of the Chinese Embassy in the United States, hosted a reception in honor of Richmond Ballet's upcoming China Tour. Around 70 dancers, staff and supporters of Richmond Ballet attended the reception.

 

Minister Wu Xi delivered her welcoming remarks. She said, "the past four decades have witnessed tremendous development in China-US relations. Among the numerous bridges bringing our two great nations together, ballet is the most elegant and beautiful one. Cultural exchange and people-to-people exchange have played an important role in advancing mutual understanding and friendship between our two peoples. "

She said, "more and more people are now traveling between China and the US. More and more young men and women are learning each other's language, history, culture and the arts. The dancers of Richmond Ballet are in a sense cultural Ambassadors." She expressed her confidence that the Richmond Ballet's performance "Made in the USA: Traditions and Innovations" will be well received by the Chinese audience and the Ballet dancers will also have the opportunity to experience China's long history, unique culture, dynamic development and the hospitality and friendliness of the Chinese people.

 

Richmond Ballet was founded in 1957 and is now the State Ballet of Virginia. It will leave for China in late May, 2015 to participate in the 15th "Meet in Beijing" Festival and perform Dezhou, Jinan and Shanghai.

To echo its China tour, Richmond Ballet has initiated "Road to China" series, which include inviting two principal dancers from the National Ballet of China to join the Richmond Ballet dancers in Don Quixote and the Ballet's "Minds in Motion" education program featuring China in 2014-2105, which attracted 1600 fourth graders to participate.

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