This photo shows a piece of the performance, entitled “Back to the Silk Road” at the Grand Theater close to Urumqi on May 14, 2017. The show aiming to bring different cultures closer together was performed at the Grand Theater which has a capacity of 2,000 people, and a large area, 4,000 square meters. There are 360 international dancers coming from different ethnic groups. The performance consists of 6 chapters and 40 scenes. The main theme of the performance is “Back to the Silk Road”. Chinese, Russian, Caucasian, Mongol, Uyghur, Kazakh, Uzbek, Turkmen, Arab, Pakistani, Afghan, Turk, and all Asian people can find themselves on the stage. There are also animals in the show. Riders on their camels and horses are going up to audiences and then, dancers involve audiences in the performance. Towards the end of the performance, all audiences become a performer, the stage enlarging and become the whole stage.

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How to cite: [Photograph by China Global Television Network, CGTN]. Back to the Silk Road. Belt & Road Initiative Quarterly, 2(4), 77.

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