The Chinese dance theatre production, Opera Warriors, comes to Vancouver in January as part of the cultural exchange program Image China, which introduces China’s traditional culture and contemporary award-winning art works to the world. Here are five reasons we think you should go:

1. Opera Warriors is an epic tale of power, passion, and the Peking Opera told through contemporary dance, acrobatic feats, and martial arts.

2. Opera Warriors features a cast of 40 dancers from Huajin Dance Drama Ensemble of Shanxi Academy of Arts.

3. The production is brought to life by the same award-winning creative team behind the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremony.

4. This is the Canadian premiere of the show that tells the story of three Peking Opera performers who study under the same martial arts master, who after completing their rigorous training join a theatrical troupe, and while seem destined for success, love and jealousy intervene.

5. The story for Opera Warriors was written by Pik Wah Li, one of Hong Kong’s most popular columnists whose screenplay Farewell My Concubine won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1993.

Opera Warriors plays the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (650 Hamilton St, Vancouver) January 5 & 6. Visit for tickets and information.