Mention Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, and many will think of beautiful scenery, women and their vigorous songs and dances. The show Xinjiang with Sunshine, which will be performed at Beijing's Poly Theater on Aug 9 and 10, has it all.
Performed by the Xinjiang Song and Dance Ensemble, which was established in 1949, the show launches Supporting Xinjiang with Culture, initiated by the country's Ministry of Culture and the Central Work Conference in Xinjiang.
Staff from Poly Theater went to the region for several months and watched more than 100 shows before finally selecting Xinjiang with Sunshine, which gives a complete portrait of both traditional and modern Xinjiang.
The show is divided into five parts: West Wind, Mountain Love, Seven Colors, Happy Songs, and the Ending, which portray Xinjiang people's traditions, holidays, daily lives, love and marriage. Acrobatics are also featured, with the troupe's performers dancing and jumping quickly with bowls upon their heads - this is actually a typical Xinjiang traditional dance.
Xinjiang people enjoy various forms of song and dance. Gulbita is a popular song among Tajik ethnic people as it acts out a traditional wedding ceremony. Before a man proposes to a woman, he invites an elderly person with a good reputation to take him to the girl's house. If the girl says yes, the elderly person gives the bride a ring. They usually have a five-or-six-day wedding ceremony, in which the new couple should drink one glass of salty water, share one piece of mutton, and finally ride a horse to the man's house.
After the performances in Beijing, Xinjiang with Sunshine will tour Zhenzhou, Wuhan, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Huizhou, Hefei, Taizhou and Changzhou, offering people around the country the opportunity to see a typical Xinjiang show.