The National Ballet of China, performing in Chengdu, China 25 Oct 2016
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'The Red Detachment of Women' is a Chinese ballet show that is perhaps best-known for being shown to then US President Richard Nixon on a state visit to the country in 1972. The show was adapted from a film that was released in 1961, that was originally adapted from a novel, written in the 1930s.
When it was released, the ballet version was named as one of the 'Eight Model Operas' made during the Cultural Revolution. All three versions tell the story of a peasant girl who escapes Nationalist oppression on Hainan Island and rises through the ranks of the Chinese Communist Party and meets Mao Zedong.
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