Based on a real historical story about the Chinese revolutionary martyr LI Bai, the dance drama The Eternal Wave contains artistic elements including youthfulness, red memories, romanticism and espionage acts. With the drama expressed in a unique form and the classic interpreted in a new way, the urban characteristics of Shanghai, including the Shiku Gate, lanes and alleys, newspaper office and cheongsam tailor shop, are presented in detail on the stage, reproducing touching heroic images that have died a glorious death for the Party’s national liberation cause.
The Eternal Wave shows the audience, especially the young generation, the revolutionary martyrs’ lofty faith and firm belief that enabled them to sacrifice themselves for the Party’s revolutionary cause, making people spontaneous in sincerely honouring thousands upon thousands of heroes and revolutionary martyrs, including LI Bai.
Producer/Art Producer: CHEN Feihua
Playwright: LUO Huaizhen
Chief Choreographer: HAN Zhen, ZHOU Liya
Composer: YANG Fan
Set Designer: QIN Liyun
Lighting Designer: REN Dongsheng
Costume Designer: YANG Donglin
Modeling Designer: JIA Lei
Executive Choreographer: WU Huan
Multimedia Designer: ZHANG Song
Photographer: WANG Xufeng
Graphic Designer: LIU Xianlin
LI Xia: WANG Jiajun, HOU Tengfei
LAN Fen: ZHU Jiejing, WANG Jing
Secretary: DENG Yun, YU Tingting
Tailor: LAN Hao, FANG Guang
Apprentice: HE Junbo, SU Jinxin
Reporter: LIU Huabin, LI Zhixue
Rickshaw Man: ZHANG Zhenguo, QU Binggang
Flower Girl: WANG Dan, HUANG Fei
President: WEI Deli
On a rainy evening in the streets of Shanghai, LI Xia and Lanfen disguise themselves as a couple, starting their 12-year career as lurkers. They walk on a blade every day and send confidential information a thousand miles away every night. They camouflage themselves ring upon ring in order to hide their exhaustion away and see the first light of morning.
On the eve of liberation, the night is gloomier and colder as the dawn is approaching. Beside LI Xia is the invisible enemy pressing on towards him and countless comrades disappearing in the violent storm. The press secretary, press photographer, tailor shopkeeper, young apprentice, rickshaw man, press president, flower girl…who of them are disguisers?
After all trials and tribulations, LI Xia and Lanfen have to make a final decision about their destiny. Calmly, LI Xia sends the last message and smiles while dying a martyr. The dawn is approaching.
LI Xia is a character designed based on LI Bai and other underground workers that have died a martyr. They concealed their real names and measured the bright road ahead with their own lives. They risked their lives to save the country and would never run away from any calamities or enjoy a happy life alone. The long river flows torrentially eastward silent while the radio wave remains forever with the faith.