Celebrating the Inner Mongolian culture of the grasslands, dancers and musicians will bring their evocative and energetic performing arts to our stage on Saturday, September 15. All of these professional performers are making their first visit to the United States, and they hail from Hohhot, the capital of the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia.
The Performing Art Troupe of Inner Mongolia is a selected touring ensemble of top performers—singers, dancers and instrumental musicians—from China’s Inner Mongolia Bureau of National Art Troupes, which is the only comprehensive artistic institution which is directly supported and directed by the government of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Since 2014, the Bureau has integrated nine performing art troupes representing the broad range of regional artistry in Inner Mongolia and is a fully state-supported non-profit cultural institution.
The event is $10, and free for members, students, and teens. You can purchase tickets here.
One of the major missions of the Inner Mongolia Bureau of National Art Troupes is to enable the production, performance and popularization of characteristic works of Mongolian grassland culture. Today’s performers are the beneficiaries of a long history and a profound cultural heritage. Well-known artists who preserve and expand the Mongolian traditions in music and dance are supported and encouraged, and young artists are given an opportunity for creativity and development. These groups of artists have won more than 200 international and domestic awards for their performances.
The singers, dancers and instrumental musicians coming to North America in 2018 have been selected to represent the richness and beauty of the artistic traditions of Mongolian grassland culture. The performances include amazing vocal presentations of Mongolian long tone and of khoomei (Mongolian throat singing). The instrumental ensemble includes masters of the traditional horse-head fiddle and other instruments, including the Chaoer, the Taobuxier, the Sihu, as well as traditional Mongolian harmonica, guitar and percussion. The dancers show the colorful and athletic dance forms and traditions that developed in the grasslands.
All were selected for the US tour from the many ethnic Mongolian performers supported and promoted by the provincial government in Hohhot. Their performance is also being sponsored by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, an important cultural-exchange organization in Beijing.