The Society for the Performing Arts brings dance fans a treat with the Shanghai Ballet. Since 1979, this award-winning troupe has wandered the globe performing all the Western masterpieces you would expect, along with works based on Chinese folk tales. During its Houston stop, the company is presenting The Butterfly Lovers, sometimes referred to as the Chinese Romeo and Juliet. The story follows Zhu Yingtai, a young woman who attends school dressed as a boy because education of women in the Eastern Jin Dynasty was frowned upon. She meets and falls in love with fellow scholar Liang Shanbo, who is oblivious to both her affection and her gender. Zhu eventually makes her heart known to a surprised and delighted Liang, but not before news arrives that her father has promised her hand in marriage to another man. Though the ballet is presented using Western modes and instrumentation, composer Xu Jianqiang also incorporates traditional Chinese instruments. Choreographer Xin Lili mixes traditional Chinese folk dancing with the beauty of classical ballet.
8 p.m. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 832‑487‑7050 or visit spahouston.org. $23 to $103.
Tue., Nov. 5, 8 p.m., 2013
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