Huang to make a man out of Mulan

13:05, October 08, 2010      

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A promotional poster for Mulan starring Huang Doudou. (Source: China Daily)
Famous dancer and choreographer Huang Doudou prepares to dazzle audiences once again with his new production of Mulan, a musical that will be staged at the Shanghai Grand Theater on Oct 9 and 10.

The musical is based on the famous Chinese story of the same name and uses a variety of artistic forms, combining traditional and modern cultural elements from China and Japan.

"This is a very good opportunity to work with overseas teams, and our first public performance was a great success," said Huang.

Mulan tells the story of how a young girl in ancient China dresses like a man to join the army so that her father doesn't have to. With the help of Disney's cartoon, the story is well known among children and adults around the world.

The musical stresses Mulan's psychological growth during the year she spent in the army, struggling, suffering and finally overcoming the challenges she faces.

"I want to produce a woman character who is more manly than a real man," Huang said.

Huang will play the role of Mulan, and Tsubasa Makoto, one of the stars from Takarazuka Revue, a Japanese all-female musical theater troupe, will play the leading man.

"The Expo has offered artists all over the world a great platform to present and to share experiences with others," Huang said.

This musical was first presented at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space in early September, where it earned praise from Japanese audiences.

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