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Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Chinese Regime's War on Dance

A dancer playing a waist drum in a Shen Yun performance. In order to establish a culture based in communism and atheism, since it took power the Chinese communist party took to destroying China's traditional culture, values and beliefs.

Epoch Times: Those who survived the Chinese Cultural Revolution will not forget its horrors. It was a time when religion was labeled "superstition," intellectuals were branded "class enemies," and the underlying principles of China's 5,000 years of culture were destroyed. Shortly after the Cultural Revolution began, Mao appointed his third wife, Jiang Qing, as the deputy director of the Central Cultural Revolution Group, and she would gain control over the CCP’s destruction and re-establishment of culture and performing arts.

Mao’s wife, referred to as “Madame Mao,” allowed only five “revolutionary stories to be danced,” and Cai was a principal dancer of one of these at the Shanghai Opera House. Mao’s wife, “controlled the style, themes and expression of art so that it was geared toward a revolutionary and military intent,” states the report....

Traditional dance became a target for elimination by the CCP because the art form was closely tied to the values of the Chinese people—values the regime sought to uproot in order to establish its own power. “These aesthetic values are distilled from the major philosophies (Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism), which constitute the cultural values of the Chinese civilization,” states the report.

In 2006, a group of Chinese artists living in New York set out to revive the lost dance traditions. They formed Shen Yun Performing Arts and brought together some of the leading talents in Chinese dance, music, and choreography.

“The Chinese communist regime has been seeking to interfere with our performances for years by trying to pressure officials and theaters to cancel our shows,” states a press release from Shen Yun Performing Arts.

FULL ARTICLE at Epoch Times

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