Yangge (Yānggē 秧歌)

Colin MACKERRAS

Classroom performance of The White-Haired Girl at Beijing’s Middle School 26. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN.

A style of folk song and dance from northern China, yangge developed into theater (yangge xi) and was adapted by artists of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to create a new and revolutionary form of art.

The term yangge literally means “rice-seedlings song,” suggesting its derivation from peasants’ harvest labor. As early as the twelfth….

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