150-Foot River Featured in Dance Extravaganza Pearl, Beginning Tonight | Playbill

News 150-Foot River Featured in Dance Extravaganza Pearl, Beginning Tonight Pearl, the American-Chinese dance and theatre show inspired by the life of Pearl S. Buck, begins performances at Lincoln Center tonight. Running through Aug. 30, Pearl features a 150-feet-long and six-feet-wide river that snakes around the stage, in which the dancers perform.

The limited engagement takes place at the David H. Koch Theater, with the entire stage space transformed with wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling design. The production also features a state-of-the-art multi-media presentation on 30 large flying panels.

Pearl S. Buck was the first woman to win both the Nobel and the Pulitzer Prizes. The story, told with a company of 30 American and Chinese dancers, focuses on the influence she had on both Chinese and Western cultures. It is brought to life by Olympics opening ceremony choreographer Daniel Ezralow of the Ezralow Dance Company, featuring a new score by composer Jun Miyake, who has collaborated with Robert Wilson, Pina Bausch and David Byrne, among others.

"Explore one of the most fascinating and emotion filled stories of the 20th century," state press notes. "Pearl, which delivers messages of hope, strength, and understanding." The story is told in five symbolic stages: Spring, River, Flower, Moon and Night, based on the influential ancient poems by Zhang Ruoxu.

The show is produced by Angela Xiaolei Tang, CEO of Legend River Entertainment, and Steven Ship.

The David H. Koch Theater is located at 20 Lincoln Center Plaza. To purchase tickets and for more information visit PearlTheShow.

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