Late night, the breeze is fresh and the moon clear. Cao Zhi is standing alone on the bank of the vast river Luo. Hallucinated, he feels as if he has seen the exceptionally beautiful goddess of the river. Such a baffling beauty she is, seemingly within reach. But a man is detached from the goddess, and would never have intimacy.
Cao Zhi is awakened from his dreams by startlingly resonating war drums. His chamberlains hurry to dress him up. Cao Zhi and Cao Pi meet at the drills. Two brothers of different disposition, cherish lofty ideals in their hearts. Their hands clasped, feel the warmth of brotherhood. However, the sword of power pulls them apart, cleaving their pathways.
Flames of war of Three Kingdoms are on rage. Cao Pi and Cao Zhi lead their armies to the battlefield conquering overwhelmingly. Zhen Fu mournfully plays the Guqin expressing her hearts on the tragic war. Hearing this Cai Zhi is deeply moved and regards her as a bosom friend. With his troops, Cao Pi rushes into the inner quarters of the mansion and there finds Zhen Fu- the peerless astounding beauty. Zhen Fu is captured by the power of the sword. Cao Zhi, left with Zhen Fu’s Guqin, is dejected in despondence.
At Cai Pi’s mansion, banquet is held to celebrate the conquest. Wine flows freely and goblets gaily pass hands. Cheerful songs and dances are performed. Cao Pi’s courtiers and soldiers, dressed in gorgeous attires and high hats, are inflated with pomp. Cao Zhi and his supporters exhibit extraordinary talents. But at the time of this merriment, Zhen Fu is overcome with grief of womanhood -of not having power of resistance, like duckweeds that would be floated off by the waves of water. Cao Pi and Zhen Fu’s wedding ceremony begins. Cai Zhi falls into abyss of anguish.
Image of a full bright moon is mirrored in the calm surface of water. Under the moonlight, Zhen Fu dances with her shadow. Such a clear night has enabled her to let her true self out. Cao Zhi, too is impelled by the moon and secretly returns Zhen Fu her Guqin, which she has once lost in the war.
Cao Pi is sleepless either. His heart is burdened by the unprecedented fear of threat of his throne being usurped by his extraordinarily talented brother Cao Zhi, who Zhen Fu seems to be enamored of. Suspicion and jealousy overpowers him as if innumerable mirrors have dazzled his eyes and he gets agitated and confused.
Not being able to sustain the unbearable agony, Cao Pi decides to defend his supreme power by putting Cao Zhi to the sword and commands him to create a poem within a stride of seven steps. Cao Zhi completes the poem, completing his seven steps’ stride. Each word comes like drops of blood and tears and each sentence like a clap of thunder. And out of a blood relation and fraternal affection, Cao Pi abandons the idea to put his brother under his sword.
The past instantly goes up in the smoke. Life of Cao Zhi that was on the verge of collapse now is to face exile. Deep in the palace, in a cold moonlit night, Zhen Fu puts her life to an end with a piece of white silk.
Epilogue Exiled, Cao Zhi comes to the bank of the magnificent Luo - exhausted. With un-requited yearning for Zhen Fu, he falls into dreams. In his dreams, he walks slowly to the beautiful Goddess of river Luo. Adoring each other, they roam about in the mist of Luo and dancing spiral to heaven...
Profile of Zhengzhou Song & Dance Theatre Zhengzhou Song & Dance Theatre is a professional group dedicated to artistic creation and performance. Since established in March 2004, the Theatre has been a persistent pursuer of creation and classic, guided by the creed of constructing a rigorous theatre compatible to the most aged city of China, and for classic songs and dances nourished with the rich culture. The Theatre receives unswerving supports from the Bureau of Culture, Broadcasting, Press and Publication of Zhengzhou, which makes possible her dedication to first-class plays, first-class performance, first-class talents, and first-class artistic teams. Profiting from flexible mechanisms, standardized management, and market-oriented operations, the Theatre is right on her way to success, from the starting point of Shaolin in the Wind, a dance drama, to Goddess and the Dreamer. Encouraged by achievements of these years, the Theatre is more confident on nurturing the most dynamic artistic team of China, leaving impressive marks in the most exquisite arts of the time, and passing the artistic heritage to generations on. Though newly established in 2004, Zhengzhou Song & Dance Theatre has made her fame well-known by the dance drama Shaolin in the Wind .With its notable artistic feature, this dance drama was awarded with the Golden Prize of the Fifth“Lotus Cup”,which was organized by the Chinese Dancers Association ,listed among Top 10 plays of National Stage Art Program 2005-2006,and won the Excellent Drama Prize of Five-one’s Project and the Twelfth Wenhua Prize, two national contests of performance art sponsored by the Ministry of Publicity and the Ministry of Culture respectively . In December 2010, a brand new interpretation of large scale dance drama“Goddess and the Dreamer”was praised by its superb artistry, rich national character, profound ideological content. It has won awards including Winner of Twelfth Henan Provincial Drama Competition, Excellence in Henan Provincial Ninth Spiritual Civilization Development’s“Five-One’s Project”,funded Repertoire by the project of china National Classic Stage Arts, and Winner of Golden Prize in Ballet & Dance Poem in the Eighth Chinese“Lotus Cup”Competition，The " Five Top Project " awards of the 12th spiritual civilization construction hold by the ministry of central propaganda , The Fourteenth Wenhua Award for Excellent Drama Awarded by The Chinese Cultural Department. Dance drama“Goddess and the Dreamer”is a love story of goodness and beauty, a soul touching legend of the Central Plains.