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A descendant of Confucius stages a vibrant and flashy dance drama about the ancient philosopher, which counters the staid imagery typically associated with him

1 month ago
Sky Canaves
ong Dexin, a 77th-generation descendant of Confucius, secured a commission from the state-backed China National Opera to direct and choreograph the show, which has been touring overseas as part of the country's broader global soft-power push.
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.