Gun-Toting Ballerinas Launch Beijing Arts Complex – Jonathan Watts

From Guardian Unlimited:

Ballerinas with machine guns will grace the stage for the first performance at China National Grand Theatre, when the spectacular complex opens its doors on Tuesday.

The Red Detachment of Women(Á∫¢Ëâ≤®òÂ≠êÂÜõ) ballet is one of seven shows that will be put on during a trial of the silver, egg-shaped building designed by the French architect Paul Andreu….[Full Text]

[Image: Workers clean the floor outside the National Grand Theatre in Beijing to prepare for its opening. Photograph: Xing Guangli/AP]

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