A Dance from the Tang Dynasty

I have just discovered the poetry of Tang Dynasty Dance

Suggests clouds to me.

Here is another extraordinary dance – if perhaps not so authentic.

The Tang dynasty: 唐朝, or Tang Empire, was an imperial dynasty of China that ruled from 618 to 907, with an interregnum between 690 and 705. It was preceded by the Sui dynasty and followed by the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period. Historians generally regard the Tang as a high point in Chinese civilization, and a golden age of cosmopolitan culture. Tang territory, acquired through the military campaigns of its early rulers, rivalled that of the Han dynasty. (Wiki)

I also came across the fantastic Tang era murals in the tomb of Yongtai

Yongtai and her brother were murdered by their grandmother, the Empress Wu, for saying deprecating things about her. Wu Zetian was the only female Empress in Chinese history, and though ruthless she presided over a golden age – rather like our Elizabeth 1.

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Poet, essayist, dancer, performance artist....
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