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Classic Dance: Moon Night on a River in Spring


The dance of classic style entitledMoon Night on a River in Springis a female solo dance that premiered in 1959. It is adapted from a drama opera.

The music has the same melody as an ancient verse by Zhang Ruoxu. The famous poet of the Tang Dynasty (618-907) created a magnificent scene -- when the "river and heaven mix together in the far distance and the bright moon hangs high in the sky alone". Some procedures and graceful and soft body movements in the drama were employed to exquisitely express young girls' yearning for happiness.

The dance has been determined as one of the Dance Classics of the Chinese Nation in the 20th Century.

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