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Ballet in China> Beijing Review Archive> 1960s
UPDATED: February 23, 2010 NO. 18 APRIL 28, 1967
Chairman Mao Attends a Performance of The White-Haired Girl

Chairman Mao (center), smiling, stands with Vice-Chairman Lin Piao and others for a picture with the dancers of The White-Haired Girl ballet

Our great leader Chairman Mao on the evening of April 24 received leading members of the revolutionary committees of the Shanghai Municipality, Shansi, Kweichow, Heilung-kiang and Shantung Provinces, and the Peking Municipality.

Vice-Chairman Lin Piao and Comrades Chou En-lai, Chen Po-ta, Kang Sheng and Li Fu-chun, Members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, were present at the reception.

The leading members of the revolutionary committees received were: Comrades Chang Chun-chiao, Yao Wen-yuan, Liu Ke-ping, Chang Jih-ching, Li Tsai-han, Ho Kuang-yu, Pan Fu-sheng, Wang Chia-tao, Wang Hsiao-yu and Hsieh Fu-chih.

Among those also present on the occasion were Comrade Chiang Ching, first deputy leader of the Cultural Revolution Group Under the Party's Central Committee, and Comrades Wang Li, Kuan Feng and Chi Pen-yu, members of the Cultural Revolution Group.

Later Chairman Mao, Comrades Lin Piao and Chou En-lai and the other leading comrades attended a performance of The White-Haired Girl, a revolutionary ballet on contemporary theme presented by the Shanghai School of Dancing.

At the end of the performance, the orchestra played Sailing the Seas Depends on the Helmsman and the dancers rushed to the front of the stage, enthusiastically cheering: "Long live Chairman Mao!" "Long live Chairman Mao! A long, long life to him!"

Smiling, Chairman Mao clapped, as did Vice-Chairman Lin Piao, Premier Chou En-lai and the other leading comrades. Chairman Mao and Vice-Chairman Lin Piao went on stage and posed for photographs with the performers.

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