Donation ceremony held at Beijing Dance Academy

Ancient Chinese music and dance pottery figurines.

Ancient Chinese music and dance pottery figurines.Photo: Screenshot from the 70th anniversary of the founding of Beijing Dance Academy.

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the founding of Beijing Dance Academy, Wang Qian, a master of art and crafts from Shaanxi, donated to the academy hundreds of replicas of ancient Chinese music and dance pottery figurines made by Wang and her father. On the morning of May 14, the college held a donation ceremony. Guests attending the ceremony included Wang Qian, her daughter Sun Jin, assistant Xu Yan, and dance research scholar Wu Yunming.

The music and dance figurines span from the Warring States Period to the Ming Dynasty, showing the development history of ancient Chinese music. The donation adds valuable resources for teaching and scientific research by the Beijing Dance Academy. Secretary of the Party committee of the college, Batu, accepted the donation and issued a donation certificate to Wang. Dean Xu Rui also gave her a distinguished professor certificate.

Wang reviewed in detail her experience in restoring pottery figurines, emphasizing the importance of these works to the development of ancient Chinese music. She said that these pottery figurines are not only a form of cultural heritage, but also an interpretation of the history of Chinese music.

“The music and dance figurines will inspire dance students and promote the inheritance and innovation of Chinese dance culture,” said Xu Rui.

Professor Wu Yunming affirmed the important value of these music and dance figurines in the fields of dance choreography, painting and other fields. “These musical and dance pottery figurines vividly reproduce the style of ancient Chinese dance through superb reproduction techniques,” Wu noted.

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Singer shows the world his talent at UN

Zhou performing at the Chinese Language Day event at the United Nations headquarters in New York on April 18. MINLU ZHANG/CHINA DAILY

At the conclusion of the United Nations Chinese Language Day, fans of singer Zhou Shen accompanied him from the conference room all the way to the elevator doors. The singer waved goodbye and said “thank you” to those who enjoy his music as he stepped into the elevator.

“What I feel very happy about is that there are many people behind me who support and love me,” Zhou told China Daily in an exclusive interview inside UN headquarters in New York. “I feel that they are with me on every stage I stand on. I also want to tell them that we can work together to realize the dreams we want to realize.”

News of Zhou singing at the UN went viral last week. The topic has garnered in excess of 180 million views, and more than 1.72 million posts included it on social media platform Sina Weibo.

UN Chinese Language Day usually falls on April 20, but this year it was held on April 18. It was rainy and cold in New York, with the temperature reaching a maximum of 11 C. Some of Zhou’s fans waited outside the UN the entire afternoon to see him.