China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater

The Dance Drama Confucius

During the troubled times, the king was fatuous, fond of women and didn’t take Confucius’s suggestions seriously. Meanwhile, most ministers were crafty and fawning and schemed against each other. Confucius advised the king to implement the ritual system and the policy of benevolence but the efforts ended up in vain. The court conflicts finally affected Confucius, who was compelled to escape and seemingly saw the ideal world of universal harmony amid the shortage of food in windy and snowy days…The frequent wars made people homeless, and the beautiful apricot tree gardens turned into battlefields. Along the way home in the darkness, he sang the Orchid Melody not to express his own sorrow, but suggest the grand but tough task ahead. He was on the homeward journey, but actually was on the way to a brilliant world.