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article imageXian — Tang Dynasty music and dance performance Special

By Igor I. Solar     Mar 8, 2013 in Travel
Xian - Among the many historical and cultural attractions in Xian, China, visitors may enjoy an artistic performance of traditional music, singing and dancing recreating the productions that entertained the rulers of the Imperial Court during the Tang Dynasty.
The Tang Dynasty (618 – 907) was based in the capital city of Changan (modern Xian). This period is considered one of the highest points in Chinese civilization. It was a phase of relative peace, progress and stability; a time propitious for foreign diplomacy, commercial trade and economic development. These favourable conditions made also possible important advances in the development of new printing methods and the dissemination of cultural expressions including literature, poetry, the visual arts, ceramics, music and theatre.
For almost 300 years, the city of Changan, being the terminus of the Silk Road, benefited from the enriching influence of the cultural centers in Northern Africa, the Mediterranean region, and those developing in Central Asia, Persia, India and present-day Vietnam and Myanmar. From Xian, the Tang culture had an effect on neighbours to the east, spreading to Korea and Japan.
Being open to foreign cultural influences, the Tang Dynasty welcomed monks, scholars, poets, musicians and dancers who contributed to the creation of theatrical forms and the staging of lavish music and dance performances. Theatrical productions were greatly influenced by Indian music played in traditional instruments. Dancers interpreted complex choreographies dressed in colourful costumes which included feathers and laces.
There were two main kinds of performances. Energetic dances mostly based on martial arts expressing conflict and battles were normally performed by male dancers. Gentle, soft dances representing romantic stories including melodious music and elegant gesturing were performed by female dancers.
Xian’s Tang Dynasty Performance. Scene of the program  “The King of Ever”. The piece celebrate...
Xian’s Tang Dynasty Performance. Scene of the program “The King of Ever”. The piece celebrates the appreciation of the people towards their ruler who has brought peace, wealth and tranquility to the kingdom.
Xian’s Tang Dynasty Performance. Scene of the program  “The King of Ever”.
Xian’s Tang Dynasty Performance. Scene of the program “The King of Ever”.
Xian’s Tang Dynasty Performance. Scene of the program “The King of Ever”.
Xian’s Tang Dynasty Performance. Scene of the program “The King of Ever”.
In addition to the many historic and cultural attractions in Xian, present-day visitors have the opportunity of attending a cultural performance interpreting traditional music and dancing. The show is a recreation based on historical records including books, poems, paintings, carvings and sculptures describing the productions that entertained the rulers of the Imperial court during the Tang Dynasty.
Xian’s Tang Dynasty Performance. Scene of the program “The Da Nuo”. The program represents a s...
Xian’s Tang Dynasty Performance. Scene of the program “The Da Nuo”. The program represents a sorcerer's dance meant to expel epidemics and ghosts, and to solicit wellbeing.
Xian’s Tang Dynasty Performance. Scene of the program “The Da Nuo”. The program represents a s...
Xian’s Tang Dynasty Performance. Scene of the program “The Da Nuo”. The program represents a sorcerer's dance meant to expel epidemics and ghosts, and to solicit wellbeing.
Xian’s Tang Dynasty Performance. Scene of the program  Happy Spring Outing . This scene depicts th...
Xian’s Tang Dynasty Performance. Scene of the program "Happy Spring Outing". This scene depicts the lifestyle and customs of the noble classes as they gathered along Qujiang River outside ancient Chang'an to celebrate the New Year and the prosperity and harmony of the Tang Empire.
The Xian -Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show integrates a program of several interpretations of music, singing and dancing depicting the typical style, landscapes, traditions and costumes of classical Xian. The Xian’s Shaanxi Provincial Song and Dance Ensemble has had about 7,000 performances during the past 20 years recreating the amazing culture and history of the prosperous Tang Dynasty for over 5 million visitors.
Xian’s Tang Dynasty Performance. Scene of “The Warriors Triumphal Dance”.  This program repres...
Xian’s Tang Dynasty Performance. Scene of “The Warriors Triumphal Dance”. This program represents the triumph of Li Shimin, Emperor of Tang in 627-649. He composed this dance to express his vision of the powerful spirit of his troops.
Xian’s Tang Dynasty Performance. Scene of “The Warriors Triumphal Dance”.  This program repres...
Xian’s Tang Dynasty Performance. Scene of “The Warriors Triumphal Dance”. This program represents the triumph of Li Shimin, Emperor of Tang in 627-649. He composed this dance to express his vision of the powerful spirit of his troops.
Xian’s Tang Dynasty Performance. Scene of “The Warriors Triumphal Dance”.  This program repres...
Xian’s Tang Dynasty Performance. Scene of “The Warriors Triumphal Dance”. This program represents the triumph of Li Shimin, Emperor of Tang in 627-649.
Xian’s Tang Dynasty Performance. Scene of “The Warriors Triumphal Dance”. This program represe...
Xian’s Tang Dynasty Performance. Scene of “The Warriors Triumphal Dance”. This program represents the triumph of Li Shimin, Emperor of Tang in 627-649.
Xian’s Tang Dynasty Performance. Scene of the program “The Ta Ge” This performance represents ...
Xian’s Tang Dynasty Performance. Scene of the program “The Ta Ge” This performance represents the people celebrating the Mid-Autumn - Moon-Festival.
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