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Acclaimed dance drama The Golden Lotus (金瓶梅) premieres in Singapore

Singapore, 26 April 2013 --- Dance drama The Golden Lotus (金瓶梅), adapted from the famous Chinese literary classic of the same name, will make its debut in Singapore.

Lianhe Wanbao, the Chinese evening daily of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), in celebration of its 30th anniversary, will jointly present The Golden Lotus with Scorpio East Productions. The Golden Lotus will be performed by the renowned Beijing Dance Theater (北京当代芭蕾舞团) at the Esplanade Theatre on 22 and 23 June. 

The story of The Golden Lotus is set in the household of Ximen Qing, the corrupt and lustful merchant who lives in the Ming Dynasty. It chronicles the decadence that takes place among the adulterous protagonist and the three main female characters Pan Jinlian, Li Ping'er and Pang Chunmei. 

Although the story was written in the 16th century, the theme of the novel, which is its relentless pursuit of desires and ambition, still resonates in the modern world. Generations of readers have recognised the sophisticated literary techniques and dramatic role of eroticism in the novel, which has gained notoriety over the centuries for its explicit depiction of sexuality. 

Founded in 2008 by choreographer Wang Yuanyuan, Beijing Dance Theater has created several original dance works for the world stage. In just a span of five years, the group has produced no less than 10 highly acclaimed works including Stirred from a Dream, Haze and The Color of Love, which have been staged around the globe. 

Wang Yuanyuan is the first choreographer from China to have won Best Choreographer four times internationally. She has choreographed the ballet version of Raise the Red Lantern for film director Zhang Yimou and the dance sequences for Tan Dun's music in the film The Banquet for director Feng Xiaogang. 

Mr Lim Huan Chiang, Vice President of Cultural Industry Promotion, Chinese Newspapers Division, said: “SPH's Chinese Newspapers Division has always been actively promoting Chinese culture in Singapore. Previously, we have presented several major Chinese musical productions such as Immortality, A Tale of Shaolin, Journey to the West, Thousand-Hand Bodhisattva and Hello Nasirdin Apandim. The most recent production Opera Warriors was also well-received by the Singapore audiences. We are confident that Singaporeans will be captivated by The Golden Lotus, which is a visual treat with its breathtaking dance performances and sensuality.” 

Ticketing details for The Golden Lotus
Date: 22 June, 8pm/ 23 June (2.30pm & 8pm)
Venue: Esplanade Theatre
Ticket Price: $108, $88, $68, $48, $38.Ticket price excludes SISTIC booking fee. 
Senior citizens aged 55 years and above will enjoy 10% discount. Bulk purchase of 20 or more tickets will enjoy 15% discount. Discount is only applicable for $88, $68 and $48 tickets.

Note: Rating for the show is (Advisory: 16 years and above - Sexual Theme) given by the Media Development Authority. The play is suitable for audiences who are 16 years and older, and parents/guardians have the discretion to decide whether they want their children/charges below 16 years of age to watch the show, whether accompanied by an adult or not.   

Visit for ticketing details. Tickets are now available at all SISTIC outlets. 

Please see attached media release in Chinese and photos of the production for your use. 

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For more information, please contact:

Francis Mah
Senior Manager
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings
DID : 6319 1028
Email :

Ann Choo
Assistant Manager
Cultural Industry Promotion
Chinese Newspapers Division

Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 1968


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