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The Han Show

By Teng Mu

September 19

The Han Show: the biggest theater show about the world’s biggest ethnic group.

The Han Show: the biggest theater show about the world’s biggest ethnic group.

From the creator of Cirque du Soleil comes a show that combines Chinese Han culture and western theater. Franco Dragone brings innovative live performance to the stage in Wuhan.

Since opening in 2014, the Han Show has captivated audiences from China and abroad with grand stage effects and superior performances.

The Han Show [Image Credit: xinhuanet.com]
The Han Show [Image Credit: xinhuanet.com]
Dragone combines acrobatics, water ballet and diving with high-tech machineries like water screens, multifunctional mobile stages, fountains and a wide range of photo-electric and photo-acoustic techniques to create magic 3D effects and Surround Premium Sounds.

The Han Show [Image Credit: xinhuanet.com]
The Han Show [Image Credit: xinhuanet.com]
He has previously directed many influential performances during his stint at Cirque du Soleil. But the Han Show is no Soleil 2.0. Its two innovative aspects are: total immersion for the audience and a “cross-boundary” theme that integrates Chinese and Western elements. Dragone used to claim that the Han Show represents the peak of his creative power and should be one of the best shows in the world nowadays.

The performance team onsists of 95 highly talented actors and actresses from different parts of the worlds. Their costumes, designed by the Oscar Best Art Designer Winner Jintian Ye, were made to embody oriental notions of beauty.

The Han Show [Image Credit: VCG]
The Han Show [Image Credit: VCG]
The Han Show is based on the Chu and Han cultures. Even its venue, a theater specially designed for the show by top architect Mark Fisher, resembles a giant red lantern on the bank of Wuhan’s East Lake.

Where to see the show?

The Han Show Theater, Wuchang District, Wuhan, Hubei Province

Best time to visit: all year round

Entry: Ranges from 380-2000 yuan/person

Transport: Take the train or airplane to Wuhan, then take the bus or subway to Chu River and Han Street Scenic Spot.

Opening hours: Starts at 08:00 p.m. every day, lasting for 90 minutes.

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