With more flying Chinese than an explosion at a Beijing fireworks factory, Shaanxi Song & Dance: The Night of Chang'An has for almost 30 years presented a triptych of the 300-year-strong Tang Dynasty in China. They voyage from China to unveil the graceful White Ramie Ribbon Dance, the alarmingly disarming Lotus-Flower Dance, the scandalous Quarrel Between Ducks, the viciously officious Masked Warriors, and the majestic pomp of the Warriors Triumphal Dance. Shaanxi, a province in central China, not only fuels the troupe's historical revival but also informs the latest movements of Chinese rock. Despite this evolution in styles, The Night of Chang'An in its U.S. premiere speaks of universal themes that transcend time: pride, love, envy and war. It's one gong show in which all the entertainment is uniformly excellent Tien Tien the Dancing Machine notwithstanding.
Sat., Jan. 2, 7:30 p.m., 2010