Intangible Cultural Heritage Museum-Lusheng Dance

Intangible Cultural Heritage Museum

Lusheng Dance

by Live in Guizhou

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The lusheng dance is a traditional folk dance popular among ethnic minorities in southern China, especially common among the Miao, Dong, Buyi, Shui, Gelao, Zhuang, and Yao peoples. Named after the lusheng, a type of reed pipe that accompanies the dance and allows for simultaneous playing and dancing, this dance is not only a performance form but also reflects the cultural characteristics and lifestyles of these ethnic groups.

Lusheng dance varies in form, including recreational, competitive, and ceremonial types. Among the Miao people, the lusheng dance has a long history of over two thousand years. Performed during festivals, gatherings, and celebrations, it reflects the Miao people’s aesthetic views and wisdom of life. The dance movements, rich and varied, include mimicking natural actions like the pheasant foraging, frolicking, and soaring, characterized by their light, fluid, and graceful nature.

Particularly noteworthy is the Miao lusheng dance “Rolling Mountain Pearl,” a representative form that integrates lusheng playing, dance performance, and acrobatic art, symbolizing the Miao people’s spirit of braving hardships and advancing courageously during migrations. This dance has been included in the national list of intangible cultural heritage and is an important symbol of Miao culture.