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Tracing the Footprints of Long Lost Dance and Music

Reconstruction of Tang Court Music and Dance

Tang Music and Dance was founded by Dr. Liu Feng-Shueh on December 29, 2002 in Taipei. Dr. Wong, Ching-Ping, the director of Taipei Municipal Chinese Classical Orchestra, was invited to be a consultant for the group. Tang dynasty court performance (618-907 A. D.) incorporated the influences of Islam, Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. In the time of Emperor Tang Hsuen Tsung (712-755 A. D.), there were over 300 pieces of court music and dances for regular performance and over 10,000 practitioners training and performing. Despite its abundant activity, Tang court music and dance and the complete system of education, evaluation and administrative management were all lost during the rebellion of An Lu-Shan (安祿山) from 755 to 763 A.D. and the subsequent anti-foreigner and old literary style revival movements lead by Han Yu (768-824 A. D.) (For further information for the rise, fall, and disappearance of Tang court music and dance refer to Mr. Yuh Ta-Kang’s article in 1968 “Tradition and Creation: An Introduction to the Performances of Liu, Feng-Shueh”). The goal of the organization Tang Music and Dance is therefore not only to reconstruct these cultural treasures of humankind, but also to restore, research, and preserve the relevant records, systems, and literature still in existence today.