China National Opera and Dance Drama Theater
Affiliated to the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, China National Opera and Dance Drama Theater is the largest state-level theatrer with the longest history in China. Within the theatre there is an opera troupe, dance drama troupe, folk music troupe, symphony orchestra, creation studio as well as a stage designing department. The theatre was established in 1951. Over half of the century, the theater has performed more than one hundred operas and dance dramas, which have marked the history of Chinese arts and established symbolic images for China’s theatre. At the invitation of a several countries, the theatre has frequently presented its performance to audience around the world. With its classical stage performances and first-class artists, the theatre has won wide recognition and appreciation not only domestically.
The Dance Drama Troupe of the CNODDT is the only national-level Chinese dance drama troupe in China. Over the past six decades since its founding, it has gathered the most renowned Chinese dancers who formed a unique style of Chinese dances. During creating dances, CNODDT Dance Drama Troupe has absorbed the essence of classical Chinese dances and local opera dances. Its creations have gotten wide recognition all over the world and laid a foundation for the Chinese dance drama theory.