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Sino-Greek drama Agamemnon
The Sino-Greek bilingual drama Agamemnon, a co-production of the National Theater Company of China (NTCC) and the National Theater of Greece, holds its first round of performances at the National Theater of China from Feb 20 to March 2.
Agamemnon, directed by Stathis Livathinos, the artistic director of the National Theater of Greece, portrays the first part of the tragic trilogy Oresteia by Aeschylus, considered the father of ancient Greek tragedy. The drama is the story of how King Agamemnon of Argos, in order to attack Troy with the Greek army, was forced to sacrifice his daughter Iphigenia to the goddess Artemis. This infuriated his wife, Clytemnestra, who ultimately kills him.
If you go: 7:30 pm, Feb 22-Feb 24, Feb 26-March 2. National Theater of China, No 277, Guang'anmen Waidajie, Xicheng district. 4006-101-101; 400-610-3721.北京市西城区广安门外大街277号中国国家话剧院剧场 Tickets: 50/100/280/380 yuan
Nicolas Party: Arches
Swiss artist Nicolas Party's solo exhibition Arches is coming to an end this weekend at M Woods art museum in Beijing's art hub, 798 Art Zone.
Working across painting, pastel, sculpture, video and installation, Party is renowned for a deep sense of site specificity and temporality in his projects, which often feature hand-painted murals that exist on gallery walls only for the duration of an exhibition. Within these painted environments sit two- and three-dimensional works which offer a contemporary take on traditional subjects such as still life, portraiture, landscape and sculpture.
Party’s exhibition at M Woods brings together recent works with a suite of new sculptures and wall paintings created on-site at the museum.
If you go: 10:30 am - 6:00 pm, through Feb 24. M WOODS, D-06, 798 Art Zone, No 2 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang district. 010-8312-3450. 朝阳区酒仙桥路2号 798艺术区中二街 D-06号 木木美术馆 Tickets: 80 yuan/50 yuan for students/Free for M WOODS members
Kunqu Opera: A Dream of Red Mansions
A Dream of Red Mansions is a time-honored romance classic in Chinese literature written by Cao Xueqin from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). It describes the rise and fall of the Jia family, whose mansions were raided and confiscated. Jia Baoyu, a male heir of the family, had a whirlwind romance with his cousin Lin Daiyu, but was betrothed to his other cousin Xue Baochai.
The National Center for the Performing Arts will stage a Kunqu Opera show based on the novel next week.
If you go: 7:30 pm, March 1-2. Theater, National Center for the Performing Arts, 2 West Chang'an Avenue, Xicheng district. 010-6655-0000. 北京市西城区西长安街2号 国家大剧院 Tickets: 100 - 500 yuan
Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Il Barbiere di Siviglia is an opera buffa in two acts by Gioachino Rossini with a libretto by Cesare Sterbini. The libretto was based on Pierre Beaumarchais's comedy Le Barbier de Séville (1775). It is said that Rossini wrote the opera in only two weeks.
Since its premiere in Rome in 1816, Il Barbiere di Siviglia has proven to be one of the greatest masterpieces, and still holds the spotlight across major opera houses worldwide.
If you go: 7 pm, Feb 22-24. Opera House, National Center for the Performing Arts, 2 West Chang'an Avenue, Xicheng district. 010-6655-0000. 北京市西城区西长安街2号 国家大剧院 Tickets: 100 - 880 yuan
Rock with Zi Yue
Having withdrawn from the limelight for years, Chinese rock band Zi Yue, or "It Says", will give a live show in Beijing on March 2. Since its inception in 1994, the Beijing-based band has released just two albums - The First Volume in 1996 and The Second Volume in 2002; both were well-received.