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China: Arts and Culture

About the Program:

A glimpse of the history and diversity of China's performing arts.


This video, from the archives of the Kennedy Center's Education Division, brings you a glimpse of the history and diversity of China's performing arts.

What to Look & Listen for

Highlights from The Kennedy Center's Festival of China

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Beijing Traditional Music Ensemble's extensive repertoire and virtuoso musicians demonstrate the range of distinctive styles that developed in each region for erhu (fiddle), pipa (lute), and other instruments.

Join the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra for a lecture and demonstration explaining each of the four sections of the Chinese orchestra as well as some of the individual instruments.

Watch a side by side video of Shaanxi Folk Art Theater that shows the story of the turtle and the crane as seen by the audience and behind the screen as the puppeteers bring the story to life.

The Terra Cotta Warriors are a collection of 8,000 statues that were buried over 2,000 years ago in the tomb of China's first emperor Qin Shi Huang. Three of the statues - two soldiers and a horse - were sent to the Kennedy Center for display during the Festival of China.

Watch an excerpt from Cai Guo-Qiang's Tornado: Explosion Project for the Kennedy Center, which includes both the dancing boats and the fireworks tornado.

Artists of the Yi and Wa ethnic groups from Yunnan Province - the most ethnically diverse in China-demonstrate their unique folk traditions in this excerpt from the Kennedy Center's free Millennium Stage show.