Ancient and modern

Danxian was originally a form of Octagonal Drum. The name means performance by a single singer who accompanies himself on sanxian. It boasts a rich variety of tunes. It could be performed in two ways: the singer may accompany himself on sanxian, or he may beat a rhythm on an octagonal drum and be accompanied by a sanxian player. Famous actors were De Shoushan, Quan Yueru, Rong Jianchen, Chang Shutian, and Xie Ruizhi, etc.