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

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

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    Cai Guo-Qiang

    Cai Guo-Qiang

    This excerpt from Cai's Tornado: Explosion Project for the Kennedy Center includes both the dancing boats and the tornado itself.

    To get a behind the scenes look at the creation of this event visit The Art of the Explosion at http://www.artsedge.kennedy-center.org/fireworks/index.html

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    Shaanxi Folk Art Theater

    Shaanxi Folk Art Theater

    This side by side video 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.
    To learn more about the art of shadow puppets, visit Playing with Shadows at http://www.artsedge.kennedy-center.org/shadowpuppets/artsedge.html.

    • 3 min
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    Terra Cotta Warriors

    Terra Cotta Warriors

    Collections Manager Christa Deacy-Quinn of the Spurlock Museum at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana explains the steps that must be taken when handling valuable artifacts.
    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.

    To learn more about the Spurlock Museum visit their web site http://www.spurlock.uiuc.edu/

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    Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra

    Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra

    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.

    • 4 min
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    Beijing Traditional Music Ensemble

    Beijing Traditional Music Ensemble

    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.
    To watch the entire sixty minute show visit the Millennium Stage archives http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium/artist_detail.cfm?artist_id=CHINTRADMU

    • 4 min
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    Yunnan Singers, Dancers, and Musicians

    Yunnan Singers, Dancers, and Musicians

    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.

    For more about the traditional arts of the Yunnan people, check out our Sounds of China PodPage http://www.artsedge.kennedy-center.org/content/3899/podcast.html.
    To watch the entire sixty minute show visit the Millennium Stage archives http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium/artist_detail.cfm?artist_id=yunnan.

    • 5 min

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