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Chinese Women Holding Up Half the Sky in Theater Directing

Half the Sky Movement

A popular Chinese adage claims women hold up half the sky, but in the theater world female directors languish as relative understudies to their male counterparts. It was this imbalance that inspired the inaugural International Women's Festival (IWF), occurring now in Beijing. The month-long festival aims to provide opportunities for young female theater directors, and features eight dance, drama and traditional Chinese opera productions embracing the theme of "woman, family and love."

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