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17:34 Feb 10 2009

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Great show about Tibet: "Tibetan Riddle"
10:31, January 03, 2009  

This revival of a variety show-cum-dance drama has so much to offer that anyone who loves Tibetan culture, Buddhism or the "Princess of Peacock" should not miss it.

Yang Liping, a well-known Chinese dancer, performs in the musical "Tibetan Riddle" in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 26, 2007. The musical "Tibetan Riddle", presenting the original Tibetan culture with folk dances and songs, was staged in Beijing again after being improved.(Xinhua Photo)

It was a dancer's follow-up to her wildly successfully Dynamic Yunnan show.

Yang, a well-known Chinese dancer, is not content with making quick money from appearing in television song-and-dance routines. She wants to showcase China's ethnic minorities in their authentic glory. She has done that for her own people in southwest China's Yunnan Province, and this time she did it again for Tibetan culture.

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. Most of the Tibetan performers are full of energy and yet exude soulful and haunting qualities. Yang plays a Tibetan goddess in a solo number, and leads another dance dressed as a man.

"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 said.


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