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September 27, 2013
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FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 27, 2013 – Bringing its gifted dancers from the Far East to Northern Virginia, the dazzling Shanghai Ballet will spellbind audiences at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax with two heartrending romantic ballets, “The Butterfly Lovers” on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at 8 p.m. and “La Sylphide” on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 at 4 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, begins 45 minutes prior to each performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts. HSBC Bank is the 2013-2014 Global View Series Underwriter at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts.

Based on an ancient legend often considered the Chinese equivalent to “Romeo and Juliet,” “The Butterfly Lovers” tells of Zhu, a young woman who disguises herself as a man to pursue her studies, and her classmate, Liang, with whom she falls in love, even though she is betrothed to another man whom she does not love. This heartbreaking tragedy is filled with luminous costumes, spectacular sets and gorgeous choreography performed with exquisite skill by these talented Chinese dancers.

One of the world’s earliest romantic ballets, “La Sylphide” is a gripping tale of a young man who loses his heart on his wedding day to a beautiful and mysterious spirit. He leaves his betrothed at the altar to pursue this celestial being, only to encounter tragedy and heartbreak when he finally catches the elusive spirit.

Since its founding in 1979, the Shanghai Ballet has enchanted audiences across the globe with its interpretations of classical Chinese and Western ballets. The 20th century Chinese ballet “The White-Haired Girl” brought the company to international prominence and enabled it to introduce to audiences its new folk-styled productions of “The Butterfly Lovers” and “A Sigh of Love.” The company’s repertoire also includes such classics as “Swan Lake,” “Coppélia,” “The Nutcracker,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “Serenade,” as well as such modern works as “The Imagination of Red,” “Fébrile” and “Conversation with Chopin.” The talented corps of dancers, filled with both celebrated veterans and rising stars, has won more than 30 medals at dance competitions in China and around the world, and has performed to audiences in more than 100 cities worldwide. The Shanghai Ballet is led by former principal dancer and current Artistic Director Xin Lili.


Please Note: Shanghai Ballet also performs “La Sylphide” at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 at 8 p.m. Please visit for more information about this performance.


HSBC Bank is the 2013-2014 Global View Series Underwriter

at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts


Tickets for each performance by the SHANGHAI BALLET are $56, $48 and $28. Family Friendly: performance suitable for families with young children. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @GMU_CFA.


About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance, Art and Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.


About George Mason University

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.


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