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Liangxiang and Qiba


Liangxiangmeans striking a pose on the stage. In Peking Opera, before they appear on or leave the stage, the leading actors are supposed to make a statue-like pose to show their mental spirit.  

Qiba(setting off for battle) got its name because it was first used in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) operaOne Thousand Pieces of Gold. It is usually used in performances such as fully armed soldiers setting off for battle in the old days. It concentrates fundamental actions and dancing skills in order to demonstrate the prowess of generals and soldiers.

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