Adapted based on the TV play of the same name, the dance drama When We Were Young tells the story of Mao Zedong when he was young. After leaving his hometown for study, he witnessed the battles among warlords and foreign invasion that made the life extremely hard for the Chinese people. Then, he resolved to make the country strong and joined the revolution, and finally led the Chinese people to the road to revival. The general director was Wu Qingdong, and the music director and composer were Hao Zi and Yang Fan. It was created by China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater and first performed in Beijing in September 2014.