“The Peony Pavilion'' by China Jinling Dance Company performs through Sunday at the David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
In the preface to his 1598 opera “The Peony Pavilion,” Tang Xianzu wrote of love: “The living may die of it, by its power the dead live again.”
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A sortable calendar of noteworthy cultural events in the New York region, selected by Times critics. Go to Event Listings » On Thursday the China Jinling Dance Company, performing at the David H. Koch Theater, took a stab at a dance dramatization of that work, which retells the passionate story of a romance that blooms during a dream. “The Peony Pavilion,” it would seem, has all the makings of an evening-length dance: a beautiful heroine, a noble hero who carries a willow branch, and a setting of the always mystical spirit world.