Show Business: The Chinese Hit Parade

The technique's the thing

A swirl of red ribbons fills the stage, the dancers commanding them moving delicately through the ever changing patterns they create with the long, scarlet strands of silk. Nine women glide serenely across the stage, costumed to represent lotus flowers, hoops just above their ankles, hiding their feet and representing the pads of the flowers. Magically, they create a lovely imitation of flowers floating in a gently flowing stream.

When artists of the Peking Opera take over, the pace speeds up. A pair of dancer-acrobat-mimes, on a fully lit stage, pantomime a sword fight as it might be conducted...

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