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The Arts of China

An army of buried warriors, lion dances, dancing shadows and a tornado of fire... experience the vibrant diversity of the arts across China.

Video Series
This video series brings you a glimpse of the history and diversity of China's performing arts
Audio Series
Chinese music dates back thousands of years and is as varied as the people who create it
Website
This multimedia exploration explores the science and art of pyrotechnics and chronicles the making of Cai’s Tornado: Explosion Project for the Kennedy Center.
Lesson
Study the work of artist Cai Guo-Qiang and performance-oriented art
Video Series
This excerpt from Cai's Tornado: Explosion Project for the Kennedy Center includes both the dancing boats and the tornado itself.
Video
This side by side video shows the story of the turtle and the crane as seen by the audience and behind the screen as the puppeteers bring the story to life.
Website
Discover the secrets behind the art of shadow puppetry in this multimedia exploration, designed for grades 5-8, which explores this age-old art form through animations, videos, interactive activities, and more.
Video
Virtuoso musicians demonstrate a range of distinctive styles in Chinese music
Video
Join the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra for a lecture and demonstration explaining each of the four sections of the Chinese orchestra as well as some of the individual instruments.
Video
The Terra Cotta Warriors are a collection of 8,000 statues that were buried over 2,000 years ago in the tomb of China's first emperor Qin Shi Huang.
Video
Artists of the Yi and Wa ethnic groups from Yunnan Province-the most ethnically diverse in China-demonstrate their unique folk traditions in this excerpt from the Kennedy Center's free Millennium Stage show.
Lesson
Explore traditional western and Chinese instruments and create a Chinese instrument
Lesson
Dance in the Chinese New Year with your K-2 students
Lesson
Experience the art and culture of Chinese calligraphy and ink painting through watercolor and Chinese instrumental music
This Day in the Arts
August 17, 1973: Enter the Dragon opens in movie theaters
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