Xian Travel Guide
Tang Dynasty Stage Show
The Tang Dynasty Stage Show: originated in China’s Tang Dynasty over a thousand years ago, is one of the most attractive entertainment activities for tourists to Xi'an. It has been recreated in accordance with various historical records as well as ancient art and relics discovered in Xian, the capital of the empire during the Tang Dynasty.
It takes roots from the historical records and folk legends about the Tang Dynasty and shows to the audience the court life and social costumes of more than 1,300 years ago through such performance as instrument playing and dancing. The Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Troupe has won warm acclaim in China as well as warm welcome among foreigners who take a profound interest in Chinese culture.
The show presented today is a recreation of a traditional entertainment attributable to a great variety of historical records and relics. In 1981, the artists of Xian's Shaanxi Provincial Song & Dance Troupe, inspired by the thriving tourist industry, conceived a series of programs to illustrate on stage the history, culture and artistic heritage of Xian. At that time, the Tang Dynasty Stage Show, as a comprehensive form of art being lost in admiration, promptly came into the sight of the artists.
In order to embody the characteristics of the music and the dance of Tang accurately, the artists spent much time reading the relevant books, historical records and monographs on the entertainments enjoyed by the royal court. They also set about learning traditional arts from folk artists and consulted experts on certain issues. With the written materials as a basis, they then visited many historical sites such as Dunhuang, Yungang and Longmen as these were a great source of contemporary visual information due to the presence of frescoes, carvings and sculptures.
The Tang Dynasty Stage Show is a representative re-exhibition of the lifestyle of emperors and his family in palaces. It is magnificent show of dancing and singing as well as many fascinating shows thoroughly expresses the power and glory of Dang Dynasty. Tang Dynasty Stage Show in Tangyuegong is most welcomed and impressive when the newcomers or the lovers of Tang Dyansty history and culture see it!