ncers from the Liaoning Ballet of China will take their original ballet Hua Mulan to the United States a
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For Yu, who entered the Liaoning Ballet in 2009, it has been a unique process.
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e, I had to become a man who is ultimately found to be a woman,” she says. To act Mulan’s p
art well, she had to do push-ups and fight with sticks on stage, just like the male dancers.
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e of a valiant girl who joins the army on behalf of her ailing father, battles enemies to defend her country and fights with
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Besides the physical techniques required, Chinese b
allet cares about portraying its characters’ inner world and expressing emotions.
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ese culture,” Yu says. “You should be able to impress yourself before you can impress your audience.”
Qu Zijiao, 57-year-old director of the Liaoning Ballet, says: “To tell Ch
上海品茶微信inese stories to global audiences, the legend of Mulan is more relatable than others.”
She says it is a touching story, and Mulan’s heroic spirit, perseverance, and love fo
r country and peace can resonate with people everywhere, adding that many European and American audiences are
already familiar with her story thanks to Disney’s classic animated film, which introduced上海品茶微信
the legend of Mulan to the West. Additionally, the recent release of initial footage from Disney’s u
pcoming live-action remake of Mulan has sparked renewed interest in the character.
上海品茶微信The 100 plus-minute ballet Hua Mulan incorporates classic and modern art elements that will suit the taste of today’s a
udiences at home and abroad, according to Wang Yong, choreographer-director of the show.
pening-up in China’s services sector, together with high-tech development supported by artificial intelligence, will help lift Chinese
economic growth from 6.3 percent to around 7 percent by 2035, said Zhu Min, a former deputy managing director at the IMF.
“Market-oriented reform and opening-up will improve productivity in the service sector, whi
ch is an important thing that China is focusing on to stabilize economic growth,” Zhu said.
Chen Yulu, a vice-governor of the PBOC, also supported a “full-scale” opening of the financial sector. In the future, foreign invest
ors are welcome to conduct all forms of financial business in China, excepting those being named on a nega
tive list, and authorities are researching a new regulatory system, Chen said at the forum on Saturday.
ed China’s digital economy had reached more than 27 trillion yuan ($4 trillio
n) in 2017, a year-on-year rise of 20.3 percent, accounting for nearly 33 percent of GDP.
Lu said the growth rate of the number of people working as new media operators in 2017 was mo
re than 10 times that of 2013. The growth comes as more consumers turn from mass media to new me
dia, which provides more information, is faster, has a more diversified presentation and cheaper cost.
Algorithm engineers, in particular, grew at exponential rates. More than fi
ve times as many people worked as algorithm engineers in 2017 than 2013, he said.
“Algorithm is the foundation for artificial intelligence. AI has started to integrate with other industr
ies and already had been successfully implemented in AI plus marketing, finance and assisted medical dia
gnosis. AI engineers will have more value as AI becomes more closely tied with more businesses,” Lu said.