Thursday, May 26, 2011

One advantage to having several groups of visitors is that I was able to see Tumen Ekh twice! Tumen Ekh is a national song and dance ensemble that performs traditional and folk music. They enact the temple dance, complete with masks. They play the zither (my personal favorite), the hammered dulcimer, the horn, flute, and of course, the horse head fiddles. They sing traditional folk songs, and they are throat singers. The dancers perform wonderfully chorerographed traditional dances. And, there is a contortionist! The costumes were beautiful, so this was truly a feast for both eyes and ears. All performed in a small, intimate theater. I may go again!!!!

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