Faith is as eternal as the sea of stars.
Composer XIAN Xinghai’s life was transient but brilliant. He lived a noble life as a CPC member, growing from an artist to a musician for the people. His classic work The Yellow River Cantata is a favourite for choreographers. On the occasion of the centenary of the founding of the CPC, we choose to present the story of XIAN Xinghai with a contemporary dance drama featuring an orchestral narrative. Through the deepest and noblest emotions, we strive to shape a great artist with the strongest faith.
Executive Presenter: WANG Ning
Chief Producers: LI Zhixiang, ZHAO Tiechun, ZHU Jing, WANG Cheng, GONG Jicheng
Chief Executive Producers: ZHAO Tiechun, LIN Hong
Chief Stage Director: XIAO Xiangrong
Playwright: XU Rui
Composer: GUO Sida
Set/ Lighting/ Video Projection Designer: HAN Jiang
Costume Designer: ZOU You
Hair Style Designer: JIA Lei
Deputy Stage Director: CHANG Xiaoni
Choreographers: LI Chao, WEN Xiaochao, LYU Zimin, FAN Lu, LAN Mingming
Scriptwriter: SUN Yixi
Sound Designer: LIU Limin
XIAN Xinghai: WEI Shenzhou (Dec.16-18/22)/ XIA Tian* (Dec.19/21)
Destiny: LI Yu
XIAN Xinghai’s Wife: WANG Jinge (Dec.16-18/22)/ WANG Yu* (Dec.19/21)
GUANG Weiran: HE Jiang (Dec.16-18/22)/ WANG Zheng* (Dec.19/21)
Mother of XIAN Xinghai: WANG Yu* (Dec.16-18/22)/ LIN Ye* (Dec.19/21)
YUAN Muzhi/ Baikadamov: SUN Rui (Guest) (Dec.16-18/22)/ LI Yaojie* (Dec.19/21)
SAI Ke: YAN Hanyi (Dec.16-18/22)/ WU Wei* (Dec.19/21)
ZHANG Shu: WANG Zheng* (Dec.16-18/22)/ DU Boyan* (Dec.19/21)
XIA Zhiqiu: XIA Tian* (Dec.16-18/22)/ QIU Zhehao* (Dec.19/21)
SHA Mei: YANG Fengshan*
Danash: LIN Ye* (Dec.16-18/22)/ ZOU Baoyi* (Dec.19/21)
Dukas: WANG Zheng* (Dec.16-18/22)/ WU Qi* (Dec.19/21)
XIAO Youmei: HE Wen* (Dec.16-18/22)/ DUAN Bowen* (Dec.19/21)
Kalia/ XIAN Nina: LIU Guzexin
*Artist from Ningbo Song & Dance Theatre
In 1945, Moscow was blanketed with snow. XIAN Xinghai was ill and failed to return to China. He looked back on his life and his thoughts flew like the snowflakes.
He had drifted on the “sea”, trained in the crucible of society, and let his musical dreams fly in the bitter cold winds. He loved his motherland without reservation. He once marched in the midst of the “torrent”, sang with the strongest voice in the squares and the streets, explored the way to save China, and dedicated his heart and soul to the CPC in the company of his beloved and comrades. He lived outside of his homeland, struggling to survive in turmoil. He pined for his homeland, longing to see his newborn daughter and the revitalized China. He was unswerving in his faith.
The roar of the Yellow River echoed in his heart. Though his life is gone, his faith remains eternal.
Moscow is blanketed with snow. XIAN Xinghai is seriously ill and alone, but he is not dispirited. Although he is in a quiet and cold world, his heart is burning with passion. There is an unfinished Chinese Rhapsody in his mind, the final movement of which is played between heaven and earth.
Act I: The Sea
Born on the sea, XIAN Xinghai seems destined to spend his life wandering. He has travelled to Singapore, Shanghai and Paris in pursuit of his musical dreams. His early life is filled with hoarse work songs of labourers and the red-hot fire of the coals on ships. His artistic career is supported by his mother’s devotion and his mentor’s recognition. A song called The Wind earns him fame in Paris and a place in a prestigious music school, but the death of his mentor grieves him. At this point, the trials and tribulations of his homeland beckon him to return.
He is a wandering artist.
Act II: The Torrent
After returning from his studies, XIAN Xinghai is at a loss for opportunities to serve his country. He and his like-minded peers go out into the streets, seeking a way out for China. He writes rousing songs that become torches to guide the masses in the Yangtze River Delta region, gathering a majestic revolutionary torrent. He meets his wife in the midst of the torrent. The two of them go to Yan’an together towards the rebirth of China, and they give birth to a new little life there. He composes the immortal The Yellow River Cantata and writes his application to join the CPC with great affection. From then on, he is given a new start in life.
He is a patriot who fights for the future of his country.
Act III: The Homeland
After bidding farewell to his wife and infant daughter, XIAN Xinghai leaves for the Soviet Union to compose music for a documentary on Yan’an. Unexpectedly, the war destroys the films and cut off his way home. He moves to Almaty, Kazakhstan, where he is warmed by his landlord and his lovely daughter. However, he always remembers that his home is on the other side of the border. Countless times he wanders along the path back home, missing his homeland and his newborn daughter. He runs against the clock as he plunges into his music with an illness. His faith remains rock-solid.
He is a great revolutionary.
Finale: The Stars
It’s snowing in Moscow. XIAN Xinghai is alone and ailing. The snow is flawless, the starry sky boundless. He waves his arms as he conducts The Yellow River Cantata to a non-existent choir, which resonates into the heartbeat of all Chinese people, reverberating through the heavens and the earth and turning into a glorious light.
He is a musician for the people forever.