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In Pasadena, the $6-million Chinese stage show that was three years in the making: 'Memory 5D+'

In Pasadena, the $6-million Chinese stage show that was three years in the making: 'Memory 5D+'

With her long black hair pulled back, Chinese impresario Ulan Xuerong leans forward as she speaks in emphatic Mandarin about “Memory 5D+” — her $6-million multimedia extravaganza which has its world premiere at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium this weekend, for just two performances.

“China has so many extraordinary musicians, and I’ve long wanted to bring them to a world audience,” Xuerong says. "So three years ago I began developing this show.”

“Memory 5D+” marries digital animation and projection with virtuoso Chinese singers and musicians playing traditional instruments, all knitted together by a story inspired by ancient Chinese cosmology.

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