Thursday, 6 August 2009

Dance inspired by fresco on show

Along the Silk Road" is a dance show created thirty years ago. It was inspired by the Dunhuang grotto frescos and clay sculptures. And it has been a hit since its debut performance. It is now being staged for five day consecutive performances at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, captivating the audience with its spectacle of skill and artistry as well as the legendary Dunhuang stories.

The mesmerizing dance show still attracts large audiences,three decades after its first performance. The dance moves were created by imitating the postures depicted on the frescoes of the Dunhuang grottoes. It tells a moving story between a painter and his daughter. And it also involves friendship between the Tang dynasty court and Western countries.

The updated version of "Along the Silk Road" received a warm reception from the audience.

"Along the Silk Road" is only one of the hundred art shows staged in Beijing ahead of the 60th anniversary of the founding of New China. Other shows include Kunqu opera, plays and acrobatics. They are being performed at the eight major stage venues in the capital before going on to entertain some of the country's soldiers and people in colleges, factories and villages, to celebrate the anniversary.

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