Chinese dance drama Moon over the Helan Mountain rounds off US tour
The original Chinese dance drama Moon over the Helan Mountain launched its US tour in the Bonita Center for the Arts, Los Angeles on March 29.
In the ensuing nine days, the dance drama was also staged in nine shows in the Orleans Showroom in Las Vegas and the Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium in San Francisco, which were widely acclaimed by local audiences.
The organizer held a welcome banquet for the delegation on Mar 28, in El Monte, Los Angeles. Officials and guests attending the banquet included Gu Jin, head of the Cultural Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Los Angeles, Liu Tao, director of the Culture, Press, Publication, Radio and Television Bureau of Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui autonomous region, Zhang Li, general manager of CPAA Theatres under China Arts and Entertainment Group Ltd. (CAEG), and Matt Baer, CEO of Skyhorse Global Films.
Moon over the Helan Mountain tells a story of friendly exchange between Chinese and foreign people along the ancient Silk Road: a trade caravan from the western regions manages to cross the desert and the Yellow River with the help of the local people on the Helan Mountain.
As it unfolds, the dance drama tells the history of the Chinese Silk Road and the national characteristics along the road to American people through beautiful music and dance. It has exerted an active influence on Sino-US cultural exchange and enhanced mutual understanding between the two peoples.
The ancient Silk Road played a significant role in Chinese history. In recent years, China has proposed the initiative of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road, which is an active exploration of a new mode of international cooperation and global governance that promises to inject new positive energy into the world’s peaceful development.
Since its debut in 2007, Moon over the Helan Mountain has garnered more than 30 honorary awards, among them the Special Award for Wenhua Award (the highest given for Chinese stagecraft), the Lotus Award and the Peony Award, and been selected as a key play for cultural exchange with foreign countries by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (the former Ministry of Culture).
Over the last decade the dance drama has been staged 740 times in more than 70 Chinese cities and over 20 countries and regions in Europe, Africa and Eurasia, serving as a bright cultural business card for the Ningxia Hui autonomous region and for China’s Belt and Road.
The recent US tour of the dance drama is considered highly important. It was organized by the Culture, Press, Publication, Radio and Television Bureau of Yinchuan and the CAEG, and co-sponsored by the Yinchuan Art Theater Co Ltd, CPAA Theatres and American Skyhorse Global Films.
China Arts and Entertainment Group Ltd. (CAEG) is the pacesetter among China’s foreign cultural enterprises. It owns 14 directly-managed theaters and initiated the “Silk Road International League of Theatres” (SRILT) in October 2016. The SRILT has now grown into an alliance of 104 member units from 38 countries and regions around the world and is the largest platform for international exchanges and cooperation in performing arts and culture.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China as well as the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Sino-US diplomatic ties. The vast Pacific Ocean between the two countries won’t interrupt their friendly exchanges and mutual beneficial cooperation. Culture and art exchanges, in particular, have never stopped and are becoming increasingly significant.