Shanghai Ballet in Butterfly Lovers. Photo provided by Shanghai Ballet.

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Dance spotlight: Shanghai Ballet

  • November 9, 2013 - 2:00 PM


Tuesday: The Shanghai Ballet makes its Minnesota debut with β€œThe Butterfly Lovers.” The troupe combines classical ballet and Chinese folk style in its colorful productions known for spectacular sets and costumes. The story is a familiar one β€” two lovers kept apart by their disapproving families (think Romeo and Juliet) β€” but now the setting and telling is seen through a different cultural lens. Expect high levels of technical skill from this company trained in the traditions of Russian ballet. A free pre-performance discussion will be held at Solera at 6:15 p.m. (7:30 p.m. Tue. $42-$70. Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. 612-624-2345, http://


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