(from Sina English, 1/3.)

SANTIAGO, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) — An International Theater Festival kicked off on Friday in the Chilean capital of Santiago, with stage shows from 24 countries.

This year's edition, which runs until Jan. 18, features a musical production by Chinese contemporary composer Tan Dun, known for his original musical scores for the film "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."

This year's festival is part of the Year of Chinese Culture in Chile.

Many of the performances will take place outdoors, including the opening night "parade" produced by the Spanish company Antigua i Barbuda called "Cavall de Ferro," or "Iron Horse."


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