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08:42 Dec 12 2008

Touches of Tibet
14:38, December 10, 2008  

The acclaimed choreographer/dancer, of the Dai ethnic group Yang Liping, will bring The Riddle of Tibet back to Beijing at the end of this month. After premiering in Chengdu in August 2007, the show had a successful run at the Poly Theater last November.

Yang first rose to prominence in 1986 after winning a national contest for her peacock dance. She found further success in 2004 when she created a gala show, Dynamic Yunnan, featuring original dance music numbers and the music of ethnic groups from southwest China's Yunnan.

"I have been fascinated by Tibetan dance for a long time. Every time I see Tibetans get down on their hands and knees to crawl slowly on a pilgrimage, I feel their every movement is a dance," Yang says. "For me, creating the show is a pilgrimage. So when I did it, I was devoted."

If Dynamic Yunnan portrays the spirit of Yunnan's ethnic groups, The Riddle of Tibet expresses the soul of the Tibetans.

The show tells the story of an old Tibetan lady who takes her sheep on a pilgrimage to a sacred place. The audience follows her journey, which exposes her to the customs and practices of different tribes.

Yang performs two dances in the show. In one scene, she plays a Tibetan Goddess, and in the other, dressed like a man, she performs a powerful number, which is a far cry from her well-known role as the "Princess of Peacock".

7:30 pm, Nov 26-30

Poly Theater, 14 Dongzhimen Nandajie Street

5218-7105, 5218-7109

Source:China Daily

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