The Embroidery Girl is a large scale dance drama coming to Guildford on 29 March, produced by Chinese State Theatre’s Jiangsu Wuxi, Song and Dance Troupe. This is a rare chance to see the best of Chinese dance and theatre, in a UK venue!
Star names include:
- Composer Zou Hang, who wrote ‘Starlight’ for the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
- Zhang Yashu, the principal female dancer, a household name in the Chinese dance world since she achieved 2nd place in China’s TV dance competition ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ in 2014.
You can buy tickets and find out more about the production here!
The production interweaves antiquated Chinese customs, matchmaking and concubinage – so we’ve done our research!
In ancient China, matchmaking was an essential ritual. This is because engagements and marriages at the time were essentially group discussions that took into account the reputations of the bride’s and groom’s parents, the opinions of professional matchmakers, and the social relationship between two households.
Matchmaking is, of course, not exclusive to China: It has existed in different forms all across the globe. In 16th-century Europe, imperial families would choose their marital partners with the aid of portraits. In Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” single young people make each other’s acquaintance through elaborate organized dances.
You can find out more here.
‘Concubinage is committed by any husband who shall keep a mistress in the conjugal dwelling, or, shall have sexual intercourse, under scandalous circumstances, with a woman who is not his wife, or shall cohabit with her in any other place (Article 334 of the Revised Penal Code or RPC).’
The penalty for concubinage is destierro, which means banishment or a prohibition from residing within the radius of 25 kilometers of the accused for a specified length of time.
For more details on the show’s content, visit https://www.ms-l.co.uk/the-embroidery-girl