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Spring Festival Gala: 29 song & dance programs in the running

CCTV.com

02-03-2016 00:19 BJT

Full coverage: 2016 Spring Festival

Less than a week to go before Chinese New Year’s Eve, and performers for CCTV's Spring Festival Gala are approaching the final cut. Twenty-nine acts are in the running for the song and dance segment.

Less than a week to go before Chinese New Year

Less than a week to go before Chinese New Year's Eve, and performers for CCTV's Spring Festival Gala are approaching the final cut. Twenty-nine acts are in the running for the song and dance segment.

Outdoor fitness dancing is a common scene in China and is contributing to the Gala’s joyful and festive atmosphere. It is one element in a song and dance segment that has been a staple of the TV event since it was first broadcast live in 1983.

This year’s gala promises great variety, embracing ethnic folk dance and traditional costumes from Tibetan, Uygur, Hui, Mongolian, and Zhuang cultures. But some dance forms are being set to modern music for a high-octane performance catering to young audiences.

Less than a week to go before Chinese New Year

Less than a week to go before Chinese New Year's Eve, and performers for CCTV's Spring Festival Gala are approaching the final cut. Twenty-nine acts are in the running for the song and dance segment.

“A program called ‘Scenic Mountains and Waters’ mixes the ‘Pingtan’ art of Jiangsu Province with pop music, with a backdrop of scenic spots of eastern China. It’s a beautifully made program, especially for the Gala. Three film stars from the Mainland, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, respectively, are also performing in the program,” said Zou Wei, director of Song & Dance Programs, CCTV Gala.

A mix-and-match approach has also been adopted for other traditional artforms.

“Huayin Laoqiang Opera is listed as a national intangible cultural heritage. Zhang Ximin, an inheritor of the artform, will team up with pop singer Tan Weiwei and her electronic band to perform. So the soaring, desolate Laoqiang Opera will be mixed with modern rock, which will be a very exciting experience for the audience,” Zou said.

There are two rehearsals left in the six days leading up to the Gala night—time enough for a hundred visions and revisions.

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