Ethnic Uighur dancer in Xinjiang-Xinhua

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Mayla Amatjan practices at the Xinjiang Art Theater in Urumqi, capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, April 22, 2022.

Recently, a dance drama based on the story of Zhang Qian, a royal envoy of the Western Han Dynasty (202 BC-25 AD) who traveled to western regions over 2,000 years ago and eventually led to the opening of the Silk Road, was staged in Urumqi.

“As an ethnic Uyghur dancer, participating in such a historical dance drama means a lot to me to tell Chinese stories and promote traditional Chinese culture,” said actress Mayla Amatjan, one of the stars. dance drama.

Mayla Amatjan, 35, showed her talent for dancing when she was just 4 years old and moved to Beijing to study with professional dance teachers when she was 11. After completing her studies and a short internship in Beijing, she returned to Beijing. her hometown of Urumqi and joined the Xinjiang Art Theater as a dance actress.

“Xinjiang is a land of song and dance, where almost everyone is good at song and dance,” Mayla said. In order to better showcase the traditional art of Xinjiang, she practiced hard in the rehearsal hall almost every day for the past 20 years, for more than 10 hours each time.

Now, as a theater principal dancer who has won many prizes in domestic and overseas competitions, Mayla has performed in more than 30 countries with her troupe to let people all over the world feel the charm of traditional culture. Chinese.

“Xinjiang traditional arts are part of traditional Chinese culture. I want to foster cultural exchange through my dance, transcending different ethnicities.” Using her dance skills as a medium, Mayla hopes to introduce more people to the diverse cultures in China. (Xinhua/Ding Lei)

Mayla Amatjan practices at the Xinjiang Art Theater in Urumqi, capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, April 25, 2022. (Xinhua/Hao Jianwei)

Mayla Amatjan places a sandbag on her foot during training at the Xinjiang Art Theater in Urumqi, capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, April 22, 2022. (Xinhua/ Ding Lei)

Mayla Amatjan (front) trains during a training at the Xinjiang Art Theater in Urumqi, capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, April 25, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Fei )

Mayla Amatjan performs during the “Zhang Qian” dance performance in Urumqi, capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, April 22, 2022. (Xinhua/Hao Jianwei)

Mayla Amatjan says goodbye to her family before a dance drama performance in Urumqi, capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, April 24, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Fei)

Mayla Amatjan does her makeup backstage at the Xinjiang Art Theater in Urumqi, capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, April 22, 2022. (Xinhua/Ding Lei)

Mayla Amatjan trains during a training at the Xinjiang Art Theater in Urumqi, capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, April 25, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Fei)

Mayla Amatjan (L) performs during the dance drama “Zhang Qian” in Urumqi, capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, April 22, 2022. (Xinhua/Ding Lei)

Mayla Amatjan (center) greets the audience after the performance of the dance drama “Zhang Qian” at the Xinjiang Art Theater in Urumqi, capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, April 22 2022. (Xinhua/Hao Jianwei)

Mayla Amatjan (C) trains at the Xinjiang Art Theater in Urumqi, capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, April 25, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Fei)

Mayla Amatjan (L) asks for her mother’s help to adjust the dance costume in Urumqi, capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, April 24, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Fei)

Mayla Amatjan takes selfies in front of a poster of the dance drama “Zhang Qian” at the Xinjiang Art Theater in Urumqi, capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, April 22, 2022. (Xinhua /Ding Lei)

Mayla Amatjan (C) performs at the Xinjiang Art Theater in Urumqi, capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, April 25, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Fei)

Mayla Amatjan warms up backstage before the performance of the dance drama “Zhang Qian” in Urumqi, capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, April 22, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Fei)

Mayla Amatjan (center) greets the audience after the performance of the dance drama “Zhang Qian” at the Xinjiang Art Theater in Urumqi, capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, April 22 2022. (Xinhua/Ding Lei)

Mayla Amatjan and her family watch photos of her dance performances at her home in Urumqi, capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, April 24, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Fei)

Mayla Amatjan talks with her colleague backstage at the Xinjiang Art Theater in Urumqi, capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, April 22, 2022. (Xinhua/Ding Lei)

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