A classical dance that includes 14 feminine musicians wearing Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) costume went viral on China’s social media platforms after it aired on Henan TV.
Entitled “Tang Gong Yan Ye,” or in English “Evening Banquet in Tang Palace,” the dance was extremely acclaimed for its creative choreography and energetic portrayal of court docket girls from historical occasions.
Since its launch on the eve of Chinese language New Yr (February 11), the six-minute video clip has been considered greater than 4.71 million occasions on Sina Weibo, China’s equal of Twitter.
The efficiency was so properly acquired that the Zhengzhou Music and Dance Theater dancers gave an encore 15 days later, on Henan TV’s Lantern Pageant Gala.
Chinese language Overseas Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying was so impressed that she mentioned on social media that it introduced historical pottery collectible figurines again to life — “identical to a journey again in time.”
Chen Lin, one of many main choreographers, mentioned she was impressed to provide the present by the three-colored glazed pottery collectible figurines of Tang Dynasty court docket dancers on show in museums in Zhengzhou, Henan Province.
Stunning ladies, akin to court docket girls and feminine performers, are frequent themes in China’s conventional work, pottery statues and aid works.
A Hebei Museum aid piece vividly captures the scene of performing feminine musicians, which dates again to the 5 Dynasties (AD 907-960).
Measuring 136cm by 82cm on a white marble base, the “Shade-painted Reduction Scene of Musicians Taking part in” incorporates a troupe of 12 musical gamers, together with a troupe chief and two dancers.
All troupe members are in plump figures, a stamp left by the earlier Tang Dynasty, which embraced a craze for fuller figures.
Sporting males’s garments, the feminine troupe chief stands on the entrance, with a ribboned baton in hand. By her toes are two small dancers, guiding the troupe that’s performing.
In floor-length skirts, and with delicate mounted updo hairstyles, the musical gamers line up in two rows, going through proper, every holding a musical instrument.
The woman within the heart entrance, enjoying a pipa with a curved neck, appears to be the main performer, since she has a way more refined coiffure, embellished with a flower.
Research reveal the troupe is enjoying sanyue, an general reference to folks music, opera, aerobatics and magic.
Derived in Northern and Southern dynasties (AD 420-581), sanyue prevails within the Sui Dynasty (AD 581-618) and Tang Dynasty, as a result of they’re extra cheerful and light-hearted, in comparison with court docket music and dance. Subsequently, the royals usually invited sanyue troupes to carry out on events of festivity and celebration.
Among the many musical devices featured within the aid work are a few of China’s most conventional, such because the pipa (a plucked four-stringed instrument), zheng (a plucked stringed instrument), drum, bamboo flute and sheng (a reed wind instrument often made up of 17 bamboo pipes).
There are additionally historical devices that not exist right this moment, just like the konghou. Performed by the woman first proper in entrance of the aid piece, a konghou was a type of vertical plucked stringed instrument that appeared a bit like harp.
In a crescent form and often embellished with the carving of a phoenix head, konghou progressively grew to become a misplaced artwork after the late 14th century.
In 1994, the aid piece was present in a tomb excavated in Quyang County, Hebei Province. The tomb belongs to Wang Chuzhi, a army official who was fond of people music and opera.
Data present there have been 18 painted white-marble aid artworks within the tomb, although lots of them have been stolen together with numerous funerary objects.
In 2001, a color-painted warrior aid work was repatriated from the US. Together with its paring piece donated by a US artwork collector, the items are actually stored in Nationwide Museum of China in Beijing.