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A moveable cultural feast on the plateau

Updated:2020-06-15 10:27:45

The performance of the Tashkurgan Cultural Troupe features singers and dancers in colorful costumes.[Photo by Hu Huhu/Xinhua]

The Tashkurgan Tajik autonomous county in Xinjiang's Kashgar prefecture is located in the eastern part of the Pamir Plateau, with scattered villages intersected by high mountains and deep valleys. The village of Resikamu in Dafdar township is about 204 kilometers from the county center. After more than 5 hours' driving on the road, the actors of the Tashkurgan Cultural Troupe finally arrived at the remotest village in the county.

Trekking in the mountains and waters in the hope of offering a cultural feast to the villagers, the performers put on show some of their best acts that are also listed as national intangible cultural heritage-Tajik eagle dance and folk songs, as well as programs on the theme of poverty alleviation and people's livelihood.

The actors answered questions from the audience at intervals, and the villagers could not help indulging themselves, and responded with applause, laughter or even dance. In the Pamir Plateau, where oxygen is rare, the troupe insists sending their performances to the countryside twice a year, and each time they must cover more than 40 administrative villages in the county. They use singing and dancing to increase enjoyment of life in the remote mountain villages.

It takes more than 5 hours' driving for the troupe to arrive at the village.[Photo by Hu Huhu/Xinhua]

An actor checks the performance equipment.[Photo by Hu Huhu/Xinhua]

In the village of Resikamu, an actress of the Tashkurgan Cultural Troupe (left) dances with a villager. [Photo by Hu Huhu/Xinhua]

The villagers indulge themselves in the performance.[Photo by Hu Huhu/Xinhua]

An actor (in a yellow shirt) sings the folk songI Love You, Motherland.[Photo by Hu Huhu/Xinhua]

Children in the village dance to the music.[Photo by Hu Huhu/Xinhua]