“Tapping the Song”
Classical Dance (Group)
Singing, dancing, and at the same time, foot tapping for tempo control, were prevalent in ancient Chinese choreography with both folk dancers and professional performers in the royal palace. The art form started to flourish in the Han Dynasty (202 B.C. – 220 A.D.) and prevailed in the Tang Dynasty (618 A.D. – 907 A.D.). The dance “Tapping the Song”, featuring young girls dancing with grace and singing for love, comes from cultural relics of the Wei, Jin, and Southern Dynasties (220 A.D.－589 A.D.). The dance is a perfect embodiment of ancient Chinese aesthetics - a combination of poetry (lyrics), choreography, and music. While dancing, the girls sing that “you are the cloud in the sky and I am the bird in the cloud; we follow each other and live with the Sun and wind; you are the water of the lake and I am the flower growing in the water; we love each other and playing with the shadow of the Moon”.
Classical Dance (Solo)
The fan dance culture can be traced back to the fan performances in ancient folk-custom activities in China. It is a very feminine and elegant art form. The fan dance highlights delicate movements with constantly changing rhythm, which is dynamic and graceful. The dance “Fan Calligraphy” is a new classical dance, combining Chinese classical choreography and traditional calligraphy. The folding fan, almost as one part of the dancer’s body, is used by her like a traditional painting brush is used by a calligrapher to create an artistic masterpiece.
Tibetan Ethnic Dance (Group)
Tibet, a rich and beautiful land, is located in the main part of the Qinghai-Tibet plateau and is the southwest frontier of China. Like many other nomadic peoples, Tibetans are born singers and dancers. “Zhuo Mo” means the most beautiful star in the sky in the Tibetan language. The dance is about a group of young Tibetan girls on an outing. One pretty girl falls in love with a talented young man singing beautiful songs. Other girls tease her and give her blessing at the same time.
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