When: Fri., Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m. 2011
According to some official data widely reported in mid-January, the U.S. trade deficit had unexpectedly shrunk in the last quarter of 2010. Only problem was — or is — that our yawning gap with China had widened further, and that was the climate in which Chinese President Hu Jintao later paid a visit to the White House. So, planning ahead, if we’re to someday possibly be in thrall to the Chinese, maybe it behooves everyone to head to TPAC to catch this lavishly produced cultural spectacular that can cue us in to that nation’s history, religion and arts. (This troupe, which has been denounced by the Chinese government, aims to revive traditional arts that were severely repressed in the 1960s and ’70s in China.) Approximately 5,000 years of Sino traditions are the inspiration for this presentation’s symbolic story, which pits good against evil amid striking visuals and eclectic music. The show has been criticized by some as propaganda for the Falun Gong spiritual movement, with which the troupe is often associated — but as spectacle, it’s said to be remarkable.