Emily Wilcox Comments on Ballet in China

Emily Wilcox Assistant Professor of Modern Chinese Studies


Emily Wilcox

Assistant Professor of Modern Chinese Studies

Nevertheless, said [Dr.] Wilcox, “ballet remains viewed largely as a foreign art in China.” In an attempt to widen its appeal, choreographers have increasingly turned to Chinese themes, and “Peony Pavilion” is a prime example. Its story is drawn from a well-known 16th-century opera about a first love so passionate that it transcends the boundary between reality and dreams and between life and death.