When I was growing up and watching tons of Chinese-language historical dramas, most of the time the leading ladies were always ethereally beautiful, but beyond that they always had this grace onscreen like they glided or floated with this out-of-this-world vibe. Later I realized that a lot of C-actresses had classical dance training or ballet either during theatrical schooling or from childhood, hence their gracefulness onscreen came from having ingrained dancer’s lithe physical form and movements. The same is true of the C-actresses of today with so many having dance training that has come in extra handy especially doing wuxia dramas.
China’s central network CCTV has been hard at work planning, scheduling, and rehearsing for its biggest event of the year, the CCTV New Year’s Gala 2015. Four of China’s television leading ladies have been packaged together to perform a classical Chinese dance while dressed as the Four Beauties Xi Shi, Wang Zhao Jun, Diaochan, and Yang Gui Fei. Tong Li Ya, Ma Su, Wang Li Kun, and Qin Lan are all incredibly beautiful but their dress rehearsal pictures have been released and I, along with all the C-netizens, are howling in laughter at what the lovely ladies have been reduced to in the tackiest makeup and attire EVER. Tong Li Ya (above) fares the best out of the four but holy moly does the entirety of the four together scream “Vegas Showcase Ancient Chinese Style!”
The C-netizen comments of derision are hilarious, including wondering if the costumes were purchased from Taobao (C-version of eBay) and why the ladies look more like they guys in a period costume drag queen pageant.
Poor ladies, I’m definitely going to watch the show just to check out their dance and hopefully not be distracted too much from the visual styling. All four are trained in classical Chinese dance which explains why they were chosen for this huge performance. That’s cool, imagine just grabbing four famous actresses with no dance background and making them learn a dance for the biggest performance of their lifetime. A few other Chinese leading ladies such as Crystal Liu and Liu Shi Shi are also trained ballerinas so maybe next year they can do a pas de deux.