Ningxia takes cen­ter stage in New York

China Daily (USA) - - NEW YORK - By HONG XIAO in New York hongx­iao@chi­nadai­

A per­for­mance show­cas­ing the arts and cul­ture of the Ningxia Hui au­ton­o­mous re­gion was pre­sented at Town Hall in New York on Tues­day night.

The show Cul­ture­sofChina: Char­mofNingxia was pre­sented by the Ningxia Song & Dance The­ater and fea­tured dance, drama, so­los, duets and in­stru­men­tal per­for­mances.

The troupe had been on tour since Aug 17, per­form­ing in St Louis, Pitts­burgh, Wash­ing­ton and Philadel­phia. New York was its last stop in the US be­fore re­turn­ing to China.

Lo­cated in the north­west part of China, Ningxia is an au­ton­o­mous re­gion for the Hui peo­ple, one of China’s 56 eth­nic groups. It has a pop­u­la­tion of 5.6 mil­lion, one third of which is Hui.

“This per­for­mance fuses both the tra­di­tional and mod­ern spir­its of Chi­nese arts, il­lus­trat­ing the eth­nic cus­toms in the north­west part of China, which should pro­vide an un­for­get­table artis­tic de­light,” said Zhang Qiyue, Chi­nese con­sul gen­eral in New York.

The per­for­mance was co­hosted by the Over­seas Chi­nese Af­fairs Of­fice of the State Coun­cil, Ningxia Hui au­ton­o­mous re­gion’s govern­ment. Clock­wise from left: the dance Charm­ing Um­brella; Guo Rong plays Son­gofthe YangzeRiver; the dance Gold­enPitcher; the folk art of “face chang­ing”.

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