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- n. A two-stringed vertical fiddle used as a leading instrument in Cantonese music.
Accompanied by a two-person band playing instruments such as the gaohu and gong, Hehir performs a haunting long-sleeve dance on a set of bright, white steps designed by Trevor Schwellnus.
It is the most popular instrument in the huqin family of Chinese bowed string instruments, together with the zhonghu, gaohu, banhu, jinghu, sihu, and numerous others.
According to Chan, the "dongxiao" epitomizes the solitary existence of swordsmen, while the high-pitched squeaks of the "gaohu" presents the unpredictability of fate and human savagery.