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The award-winning Baoting Li and Miao Autonomous County Song and Dance Troupe made its U.S. debut on October 16 at the Ted Mann Concert Hall on the University of Minnesota campus. The troupe played to a house of more than five hundred guests, after an opening act by a local dance group from Iny Asian Dance Theater. The performance drew in a diverse audience young and old, from all across Minnesota, including Duluth and Northfield.
The colorful, traditional costumes and beautiful dancing enthralled the audience. The song and music selections had the audience clapping along. And despite having the leaves for the Miao leaf blowing performance confiscated at airport customs, the troupe found playable leaves from local trees, and the show was able to go on.
The Troupe performed traditional music and dance from China’s Li and Miao (Hmong) minority groups. Li and Miao folk art is significantly diverse in its styles and expressions, creating a unique culture of Chinese folk art that has received high appraisals since the troupe started over nine years ago. Through these cultural missions, the Troupe has brought the art of the Li and Miao culture to several countries including Russia, Germany, Ireland, Korea and Japan.
The performance was made possible in part by the generosity of Fred and Jennie Hsiao. This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the State’s arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.