A Journey of Music illustrates the busy farming scene during the Qingming season.
With its lustrous color and lightweight form, the blue bird was an auspicious and divine creature in Chinese mythology, and was regarded by posterity as a messenger of good tidings. In his poem To the Tune of Silk-Washing Stream, Southern Tang emperor Li Jing wrote, “Blue birds bring no news from beyond the cloud; in vain the lilac blossoms knot my sorrow in the rain.” Li Shangyin, a Chinese poet and politician of the late Tang Dynasty, also versified the feathered creature, “To the three fairy hills it is not a long way. Would the blue bird oft fly to see her on their height?” Inspired by the tale of blue bird, Chinese artist Yang Wu choreographed the dance by reproducing the mystical creature taking to the sky and bringing forth a vibrant spring scene.
Missing My Beloved on Qingming Festival combines elements from pingtan (Chinese folk ballad) and Kunqu Opera to recreate the farewell scene of talented scholars and beautiful lasses. In this lyrical prose, artists of pingtan, one of the intangible cultural heritages of China, intonate melancholic romances in a garden with a touch of nostalgia.
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