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 Despite the late administrative construction of Xianning (prefecture-level city), the counties and urban districts under its administration all have a long history. The territory of today’s Xianning belonged to Jing Chu in the Xia and Shang Dynasties ( about 2200-1100 BC), Nan County in the Qin Dynasty(221-206 BC ), [more]
Toggling the pulse of history--Pat Dance
http://English.xianning.gov.cn 09-11-26
 

 

"The work has been finished, let's have a rest. Pat each other. I pat you, and you pat me. We are happy to pat each other. Hey, guy, raise your enthusiasm. Everything will go on well with the passionate pat. Today we all will have a good luck in falling love with someone..."

Among the Xianning people, the lyrics of pat dance have been spread for hundreds of years. Now, pat dance has been listed in the first batch of non-material cultural heritage lists of Hubei Province.

It is known that pat dance is one form of the art performance in the folk-custom of the south of Hubei province. It comes from the patting game which the people of all ages and both sexes are good at and is popular in the counties of Xianning, such as Tongcheng, Chongyang and so on. When the young men and women who work in the fields take breaks, they pat each other on the different parts of the body just for fun. Besides, it also has the funny jocks and buffoonery, which bring people easiness and joy.

In 1987, the cadre Ren Zhuohui of Tongcheng County Culture Center, who was in charge of art creation, was in the County Folk Singer Contest, and he was surprised by and spoke highly of the improvised pat dance which was performed by the old folk artist of Shinan Town-- Hu Ruiqing. Thereupon, Ren zhuohui had a strong interest in it. He devoted himself to the local people to collect and extract the scattered dance movements about patting and brought them together into a set of pat dance movements with the distinct personality and the local characteristics, which provided a solid foundation for the art inheritance of pat dance and gave a fresh life to the folk pat dance which is on the verge of extinction.


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