Lanzhou Song and Dance Theatre was established in 1973. It has a large art creation and performance team with national leading level and has worked closely with Chinese famous choreographer Chen Weiya, Zhang Jigang; Chinese famous composer Zhang Qianyi, Chinese famous screenwriter Zhao Daming and Chinese famous scenographer Gao Guangjian, Sha Xiaolan, Han Chunqi, etc..
Insisting on the principle of exploring the rich culture of Chinese western area, and create national first-class arts groups, Lanzhou Song and Dance Theatre has made very high achievement in art, stage performance, and other fields. It has created and performed more than 10 large-scale dance dramas, dance poems and other dances, and more than 30 large-scale variety shows over the years. Among them, the large-scale dance drama The Orchid Flower has won the National dance drama Contribution Award; the large-scale evening gala show The Blessing of the Yellow River has won the Dunhuang Literature and Art Prize; And another dance drama Yangguan Pass Westward awarded with the 7th Wen Hua New Theater Prize by China Ministry of Culture and the Five-One Project Publications Prize by the Propaganda Department of the Central Committee of the CPC.
Tales of the Silk Road was created in 2000. It is a large-scale dance drama of Dunhuang subject. This dance drama won all the state-level grand awards of stage art, including the China Lotus Awards, the national outstanding stage art project, the Five-One Project Publications Prize, the 60th anniversary outstanding repertoire Awards, etc.. By Oct. 2020, the Tales of the Silk Road was performed more than 1500 times in 31 different cities in China and also more than 10 countries overseas. It has become a successful example of “more performance, more outputs” for Chinese dance drama in the new century.
During the 40 years of its establishment, Lanzhou Song and Dance Theater has been performing all over the Chinese mainland, and also in America, Germany, Russia, Japan, Italy, Australia, France, Austria, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Netherlands, Slovenia, Namibia, Botswana, Iraq, Lebanon, as well as Taiwan, Hong Kong SAR China and Macao SAR China. Because of its distinctive style and high-level artistic expression, Lanzhou Song and Dance Theater has become very popular among the people all over the world.