AGIS Center for the Arts and Humanities will present the Chinese grand dance drama Forbidden Fruit Under the Great Wall. The production tells the compelling story of the prosperous Yin Family whose master dies, leaving behind an ailing widow and disabled son. The family’s butler hatches an evil scheme to steal the family fortune by arranging a marriage between the Yin boy and a maidservant, his own daughter Wild Jujube. The kind-hearted Jujube has already pledged her love to a young farmhand, but her father’s poisonous intervention turns their devotion into a love story with a tragic end.

Forbidden Fruit Under the Great Wall, the acclaimed grand dance drama will be performed by the renowned China Shanxi Performing Arts Academy, opening its first U.S. tour at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Dec. 10-12. This production was named the Outstanding Drama in the Academy Awards in 2007. It is directed by Zhang Jigang, one of the key directors of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and director of the world-famous Thousand-hand Bodhisattva Dance, which was performed at the closing ceremony of the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games.

This special tour is sponsored by the China Art and Entertainment Group (CAEG) and the AGIS Center for Arts and Humanities.

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Patrick D. McCoy is an arts columnist and musician residing in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. His online column can be read at