Ethnic cultural show enchants journalists in Xinjiang

Md Enamul Hassan from Yili, Xinjiang

An exquisite ethnic cultural show at the Yili Grand Theater enchanted the delegation of foreign and Chinese journalists visiting Xinjiang on Thursday. 

To let the journalists better understand the ethnic cultures of Yili and enjoy the beauty of the national intangible cultural heritage in the new era, the theater arranged the show.

Through their marvelous performances, artists of Yili Song and Dance Theater captivated the Beijing-based journalists of China Media Group (CMG) who are now on a week-long tour to the land of surprises, Xinjiang.

The renditions of magnificent ethnic cultural heritages gave the journalists a true flavor of multinational festivities.

The cultural prodigies earned a huge round of applause by sending waves of joy and ecstasy through the audience by their artistic flair at the event.

The journalists also cheered the artists to the echo while they were rendering their spectacular performances. 

The audience added an extra dimension to the show with their energetic responses to the extraordinary renditions.

'Black Walking Horse' is a traditional Kazakh dance. In the Kazakh language, it is called Karajiaoleha, which is approved by the State Council of China and included in the third batch of national intangible cultural heritage lists of the country.  It has various dance forms. 

The artists held the journalists, who are from Asia and Africa, spellbound by playing the Kazakh dance--Black Walking Horse.

They also mesmerized the audience through performing Tiermai playing and singing: Whispering at the event.

Tiermai is a Kazakh word, meaning a short poem, which usually contains philosophy in the form of narration to give people enlightenment. This kind of poetry is widely spread among Kazakh herdsmen.

The journalists were delighted by witnessing the fabulous performance of Yili Sanam. 

It is a traditional folk dance of the Uygur people. It combines music, dance, and poetry. Sanam is an ancient art form performed by the Uygur people during wedding ceremonies and various celebrations.

The superb performance of the Kazakh folk music ensemble: Father’s Story enthralled the journalists for a few minutes. 

The traditional Kazakh culture is very splendid, especially in music performance. Therefore, they often use various instruments to play various kinds of music, songs, and so on. 

They have also designed many Musical Instruments with their national characteristics.

With the beautiful melody of dongbula, treble kubuzi, sibuzig, ponytail kubuzi, charter, treble dongbula, barbut, and other instruments, Kazakh music Father's Story won the hearts of the journalists.

The main attraction of the show was the King of Singers. He earned the title in the original ecological singing competition in the five northwestern provinces in 2005. 

His real name is Manafuhazi Musa Khan. The King rendered Swan in the original Kazakh singing method. He put life into the show by showing his mettle in singing on stage. 

Dance of Bow and Arrow is a Xibo dance. The Xibo people are famous for their ability to ride and shoot. They think a bow and arrow handed down to them from generation to generation is not only a powerful tool, but also a fine artwork and mascot, as well as the enrichment of national culture, spirit, and history. The Xibo dance entertained the journalists at the program.

Folk music: Ushak Muqam First Dastan Intermezzo was also performed at the event. It is a part of Twelve Muqam. 

Twelve Muqam is twelve sets of classical music. It uses various languages and art forms such as music, literature, dance, and drama to express the gorgeous life and noble sentiments of the Uyghur people.

It combines traditional music and performance, music, literature and art, drama, and dance all in one, which has the characteristics of the combination of lyric and narrative.

The instruments that accompany Muqam are Satar, Tapir, Ravavu, Tabla, Dudar, and so on. 

Artistes Kurmanjang Zikliya and Wulan Ahatay rendered Dongbula playing: White Swan at the show. 

Dongbula is a musical instrument used by the Kazakhs to express their souls and feelings. 

It makes the hearts of Kazakhs pure and beautiful like a swan. The swan is also the totem of the Kazakh. The term Kazakh means white swan.

The Hui is one of the 56 ethnic groups in China. The prominent characteristics of the Hui nationality dance are that the head movement is flexible, and the dancers often put their hands behind their back, shaking, nodding, and swinging the head, to express joy, confidence, wit, and other emotions.

The Hui artists performed their traditional dance Flowers at the show. 

The journalists ended their cultural treat with the Highlights of traditional Kazakh folk dance, which has both ancient Kazakh dance body movements and modern dance body elements.

Yili Song and Dance theater was officially established in December 2018. It is a combination of the former Yili Song and Dance Troupe, Yili Song and Dance Drama Troupe, and Yili Repertory Troupe. 

It has seven departments, including office, art creation center, performance service and training center, dance team, orchestra, vocal music team, and drama performance team.

The theater has 219 performers who come from nine nationalities, including Han, Kazak, Uyghur, and Hui. 

It is a professional art troupe that is prosperous and develops multi-ethnic (folk) excellent singing, dancing, and music arts.

Thi is the only folk music band in China that plays, collects, protects, researches and develops Kazakh folk music, instrumental music, and commemorates Kazakh folk artists. 

It is also engaged in the inheritance and protection of intangible cultural heritage.

Yili Culture and Artistic Activity Center, better known as Grand Theater, is located on the north bank of the Yili River, south side of the South Ring Road, between the first and second bridges of the Yili River.

It was constructed in May 2012 with a total investment of 320 million yuan. 

The project includes a grand theater with a capacity of 1200 people, a small theater with a capacity of 250 people, 16 small and medium-sized multi-function halls and office rooms, equipment rooms, etc.

The theater was put into use on June 20, 2017.