Uniting stories of Silk Road through dance

By CHENG YUEZHU in Beijing and SUN RUISHENG in Taiyuan | China Daily | Updated: 2021-06-03 08:05
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The Great Unity is inspired by the rich cultural heritage of Shanxi province. The dance drama was staged in Beijing in May as a tribute to the centennial of the founding of the Communist Party of China. [Photo by Liu Tong/China Daily]

"We choreographed a dance based on the stone carvings of the flying apsaras," says Shan Chong, artistic director and lead dancer of the production.

"We hope to bring to life the ancient stone carvings or frescoes with the imagination of artists, so that the audience today can see what it might have been. I think it's beautiful."

During the dance sequence, seven dancers emerge from seven holes on the stage set replicating half-length sculptures from the grottoes. The dancers adopt mechanical movements in the classic Chinese dance sequence to interpret the process of gradually coming to life.

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