Internationally acclaimed ballerina graces the stage in Beijing


Modanse chronicles Gabrielle Chanel’s evolution from a cabaret performer to a legendary fashion designer. [Photo by Gong Xuedong/For China Daily]

Renowned ballerina Svetlana Zakharova brought the iconic French fashion designer Gabrielle Chanel to life in a fusion of fashion and dance during the performance of the dance drama Modanse at the Beijing Performing Arts Center from May 24 to 26.

Composed by Ilya Demutsky, choreographed by Yuri Possokhov, and directed and written by Alexey Frandetti, Modanse chronicles Chanel’s evolution from a cabaret performer to a legendary fashion designer. The title Modanse embodies a blend of “mode” and “dance”, encapsulating both the essence of the drama’s theme — the designer Chanel — and the inspirations drawn from life itself.