Edgar Degas (1834–1917) a great impressionism master. Ballet to Degas is like sunflowers to Van Gough, and apples to Cezanne.
21 century. A metropolitan art gallery. The "Ballerina Series' Oil Paintings" from Degas are on exhibition. Visitors are looking at Degas' famous paintings. They talk to each other and walk around. A man is watching the painting "Degas' Dancer". It seems he wants to talk to the girl in the picture.
Suddenly, he finds the girl in the painting is looking at him. A diamond on her neck is shining brightly with irresistible magic power. The man doubts if it is a dream. He tries to touch the diamond. All of a sudden, the girl starts to come alive. She extends her hand and lures him into the painting. The frame is vanished. They move into another time and space.
At a backstage of Degas' painting in 19 century. There is the unfinished painting "Degas' Dancer" in the center of the dance room. The man sits down and picks up a coat from the chair and then he puts it on. His eyes are looking for the enigmatic girl from a group of dancers, and his heart is languishing. A flower blooming, a butterfly coming out of its cocoon, a star falling down, and a dream unveiling…
Suddenly, the girl in the painting shows up. Looking at her smiling and her glancing, he believes that she is the perfect girl for him. Everything is so close to him; yet, everything is so far away from him. Only the diamond on the girl's neck is creating different shapes of beam, illuminating the space. A world of crystal appears as if the living spirits in the air, blossoming into eternity.
At the particular moment, both of them find their dream lovers eventually.
Embracing each other tightly, they are dancing with unleashed passion. In the purifying space of diamond, love merges into their life…
Is it a dream or reality? The time machine turns back to 21 century. Now, he is back from Degas' painting world alone. Puzzled by the happening, his eyes are locked on a shining diamond on the girl, standing in front of him…
Hou Honglan Choreographer/ Co-Star
As an artist, Honglan's career encompasses dance, film, TV and stage performances. Meanwhile, she's involved with the development of China's luxury goods sector both as a company director and a brand representative.
Honglan was Principal dancer with National Ballet of China from 1995 to 2005. During this time she performed many leading roles in full length ballets, and toured extensively around the world. She joined L'Opera-National-du-Rhin, in France from 1998 to 1999 as Principal Dancer, where she worked with Maurice Bejart, and Bertrand d'At.
In 2005 she was the leading force behind an Australia-China co-production, "Chinese Whispers", which toured China and Australia. Later, she founded Honglan Studio in 2007. The company's first project, an original 'modern ballet' production "Shakespeare's Women" was an official selection of the 6th Shanghai International Arts Festival. She co-produced and was a principal dancer in "Speaking Chinese", which was selected for the San Francisco Arts Festival in May 2008.
She was the first Chinese Ballerina to stage a solo ballet performance in China. Honglan has won awards at major international ballet competitions, including First Prize at the 4th International Ballet Competition in Luxembourg.
First Prize at the 4th National Ballet Competition in Beijing
Her other creative and honorary credits including:
Police lieutenant, film "Amazing"(2011)
Kun Sang, TV series "The War of Peiking"(2009)
Choreographer and leading dancer in the Chinese film "Prince of the Himalayas" (2006);
Honorary Olympics Ambassador for the 2012 Paris Olympics Bid, Singapore (2005);
Spokesperson and Emcee for the French New Film Festival in Beijing (2004);
Feature role in the Merchant & Ivory film "The White Countess" (2004);
Leading Role in "Red Swan", the first Chinese film about ballet (1995)
Guest Professor, Sichuan Dance Academy
JEFF STANTON 主演
JEFF STANTON Co-star
Jeffrey Stanton is from Santa Cruz, California. He trained at San Francisco Ballet School and the School of American Ballet. In addition to classical ballet, he also studied ballroom, jazz, and tap dancing. He joined San Francisco Ballet in 1989 and left to join Pacific Northwest Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 1994. He was promoted to soloist in 1995 and made a principal in 1996.
Mr. Stanton performed the role of Demetrius in the BBC's 1999 film version of Pacific Northwest Ballet's production of George Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream, filmed at Sadler's Wells Theatre, London. He is also featured on the 1999 danceWORKS fitness video. He has performed as a guest artist for Le Gala des Étoiles in Montreal, Prague Gala of Stars, and the TITAS Command Performance of International Ballet in Dallas, Texas. In 2000, he participated in The George Balanchine Foundation's Interpreters Archive series, dancing excerpts from Balanchine's Episodes, coached by Melissa Hayden.
Tianjin Ballet Co-Performance
Established in 1992, Tianjin Ballet is an art group subordinated to Tianjin Song and Dance Theatre. As the youngest ballet in China, there are 40 dancers in the group, and most of them graduated from professional arts institutions. With profound basic skills, the cast is well-balanced. They invited famous choreographer from Russia as their guest artistic director. They've performed many large ballets, such as The Brabian Nights, Spartak, Swan Lake, and many other classics as well. Tianjin Ballet enjoys a certain influence among the public.