As if they haven’t thrown enough money into this project (50,000 yuan per episode, for 50 episodes) the production behind Li Shaohong’s upcoming Dream of the Red Chamber prepared a water and lights ballet version of the drama that was performed October 3-5 to coincide with the mid-autumn moon festival, in Silver Pickax Lake in Changfeng Park, Shanghai. It featured bursts of lights, water and fire surrounding the actors as they danced above the lake. The show will be performed again for the Shanghai World Expo 2010.
Clip of the part where Baoyu realizes he got tricked into marrying the girl that he doesn’t love. If someone does find the whole thing, please tell me!
The show took advantage of the leads’ dancing background. Yang Yang, who plays older Baoyu is from the PLA Academy Dance Deparment and Jiang Mengjie who plays Lin Daiyu is from the Beijing Dance Academy. The actual show should begin airing early in 2010, around Chinese New Years. While it’s definitely generating buzz, it remains to be seen if the show can generate a positive reception, since i the costumes and hair is still a point of heated argument with purists. Or, as one relative of mine put it – “They looked like they crawled out of the crypt”. But nevertheless, even if they are sporting operatic hairstyle, it’s still a step up from the Qing Dynasty hair that the novel’s adaptations should have, but never seem to want to use. Any new versions of Huang Zhu Ge Ge should take note from that.
Li Shaohong really likes using water. For the press conference of this series that was held around the time of the previous mid-autumn moon festival I think (since this series has been in production for ages and ages), the actors went down the river in boats to meet the press, and even that was gorgeous. Even if everyone looks pale and near death in this series, I’m sure it will still be beautiful. I can’t wait to see it.
And for those who don’t like the outfits…here’s a picture of the cast, near water out of costume: They’re so young and tiny!
Some Baoyu/Baoyu. Older Baoyu is like what the heck?