Photo Essay: CUSA Presents Modern Adaptation of Ancient Chinese Legend, "The Butterfly Lovers"

CUSA retells ancient legend, "The Butterfly Lovers," for the 21st century in its annual stage production.

By Olivia Shao and Ruben Abbou

Olivia Shao / The Chicago Maroon

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January 16, 2017

Last Saturday, the Chinese Undergraduate Student Association (CUSA) presented a modern retelling of "The Butterfly Lovers," a ancient Chinese legend set in the Eastern Jin Dynasty. Written and directed by second-year Iris Huang, "The Butterfly Lovers" incorporated time travel—a popular theme in modern Chinese TV shows—alongside contemporary and classical dance into the play.

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Dancers open CUSA's adaptation of the ancient Chinese legend, The Butterfly Lovers, with a routine to a Chinese/Korean pop medley.

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Students perform in CUSA's adaptation of the ancient Chinese legend, The Butterfly Lovers.

Olivia Shao / The Chicago Maroon
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Students perform in CUSA's adaptation of the ancient Chinese legend, The Butterfly Lovers.

Olivia Shao / The Chicago Maroon
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Dancers perform traditional Chinese dance in CUSA's adaptation of ancient Chinese legend, The Butterfly Lovers.

Olivia Shao / The Chicago Maroon
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Dancers perform traditional Chinese dance in CUSA's adaptation of ancient Chinese legend, The Butterfly Lovers.

Olivia Shao / The Chicago Maroon