Dynamic Yunnan – A Perfect Display of Primitive Folk Culture of Ethnic Groups

If you have time in Kunming during your stay, do not miss “Dynamic Yunnan” show, which shows the different dances of the minority tribes in Yunnan province. It is both vibrant and colorful as the dancer energetically performs in their traditional dress, choreographed by famous dancer Yang Liping, incorporates both traditional folk dance elements and modern flavors.

Dynamic Yunnan is a show that features the different dances from over 11 ethnic minority tribes in Yunnan province. The dances, combined with traditional folk music and the power of modern stage exhibition, told stories from the rich legends of the Yunnan culture and mystical land.

Therefore, if you want to enjoy a taste of Yunnan’s minority cultures in your China tour, head to Kunming to witness the fabulous large-scale dance drama “Dynamic Yunnan.” The show travels around to various locations, such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, popular among all the nation and Southeast Asia area.

In presenting the exotic song and dance spectacular, Dynamic Yunnan, the dance diva from China, Yang Liping, had spent more than a year traveling to remote villages of the 26 ethnic minority tribes in Yunnan and picked over 60 peasants who had a natural gift to sing and dance, to build an archive from which she re-created this rich feast of sight and sound. Featuring a cast made up largely of ethnic-minority performers, 120 ethnic masks, traditional costumes and 62 drums are combined with modern lighting and stage effects to create an unmissable 120-minute song and dance extravaganza. One of the dancers performs the peacock dance. She had very nimble limbs as she imitated the movement of the peacock. The following is a list of the programmes Dynamic Yunnan Show.

Dynamic Yunnan Show Programme List

Prologue: The Dawn of Life
I am the wild fire, I am the wind,
I have locked my soul in the drum,
And kept the seeds within me.
With a clap of thunder, plants begin to sprout,
Wake up! Spirit of the Drum, wake up!

Scene One: The Sun
The sun and the moon are forever chasing each another,
From east to west they follow the track.
They have taken the same route since Chaos opened up;
Men and women are together
Since they were born, and till they die -,
They were joined upon the Creation of the Earth.

Scene Two: The Earth
Heaven is vast, but there is only one;
The earth is vast, but there is only one.
Do not say that flora does not speak,
There is a reason for every living thing on earth.
My ancestors told me,
The Earth came from the flesh and bones of the Creator.
I lay low, close to the earth, and there and then,
I could understand the myths of my ancestors.

Scene Three: The Homeland
Ancestors of Yunnan people are followers of animism – the belief that nature and inanimate objects have souls — and there are many sacrificial ceremonies to different gods every year. This worship of nature has greatly helped preserve local ecology and environment.

Scene Four: Pilgrimage
The Tibetan Buddhists are devout believers, and making a pilgrimage to the Holy Mountain is their way of worshipping Nature. The pilgrims often come a long way, spinning their praying wheels. They would lie face down on the ground, kiss the earth at every step and reach the Holy Mountain, where they would find Heaven of their dreams.

Epilogue: Spirit of the Peacock
For Dai people, the peacock is a symbol of love called “sunbird.” Yang Liping has created a dance idiom that captures the movements and forms of the bird in the most vivid, graceful movements. Spirit of the Peacock expresses her yearning for a sacred and tranquil world. The solo dance, with a group dance to become an exquisite piece of choreography with highly original formations and sound and lighting effects, results in an uplifting, soul-stirring dance that evokes peace and harmony in life.

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