Traditional Chorus of the Dong Dimen
Citi Series on Asian Arts and Culture
The evocative songs of the Dong people embrace an entire culture, from historical narratives to courtship rituals to drinking songs. The Dimen Dong Folk Chorus of Guizhou Province offers a centuries-old vocal tradition, largely unaccompanied and polyphonic, weaving scenes from agrarian life into sonic tapestries. Music of the Dong people, one of China’s 55 ethnic minorities, has been cited on UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage since 2009.
Pre-performance discussion at 7:00 pm with Ren Hexin, Director, Dimen Dong Culture Eco-Museum, Joanna Lee, musicologist, and Ken Smith, arts critic, Financial Times, co-Founders of Western China Cultural Ecology.
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Video: "Cicada Song" (2 min., 1 sec.)
Part of Citi series on Asian Arts and Culture.
Presented in association with the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. This program is supported in part by the Armand G. Erph Fund and NYSCA.