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No notation has yet been found, if any in fact existed, to provide information as to how the dances actually were performed. Perhaps as more texts, reliefs and paintings are uncovered, more information will be found.
July 26th, 2014: We completed the Swanlights series at Teatro Real in Madrid, the final installation of this piece. Thank you to all the artists and symphonies around the world that have helped to develop this piece and give it such a joyful life.
Strong Legendary and Real Heroes: Counterbalancing beliefs about womens place is the historic veneration of some powerful, albeit exceptional, women. Stories of warrior women such as Hua Mulan and various militant Ninja types appear regularly in classical Chinese fiction. In Japan, samurai women appear, like Tomoe Gozen who supposedly rode into battle alongside her husband during Gempei Wars, or Hojo Masako (1157-1225), wife of Japans first shogun, who directed armies and in effect ruled the Shogunate from the convent where she had retired after her husbands death. Later, bands of women armed with the exclusively female sword called naginata , were called upon to defend their towns or castles. Japanese girls today still learn to use this long sword.