How the Commies Invented a “Classicist” Dance 古典舞

PICTURE SET:  THE BUILDING BLOCKS …..

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Fig.  1    Han Mural of Dancer with Sword (possibly a shaman making/finishing a blood sacrifice)

Fig.  2    Li Shengsuo 李胜素 as Concubine Yu, Sword Dance from (Opera) “Farewell My Concubine (1998): “Backflex”

Fig.  3    Li Shengsuo 李胜素 as Concubine Yu, Sword Dance from Farewell My Concubine (1998): “Attack” Pose

Fig.  4    Choe Sung-Hee 崔承喜 costume for 千手观音 (Thousand-armed Avalokitesvara) from ca. 825 mural  (quoting Ruth St. Denis)

Fig . 5   Choe Sung-Hee 崔承喜, Imagined Banquet Dance Costume (adapted fr. Korean costume): ca 1935-6

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