2020-01-22 枫彩艺术团 Julian
（薰衣草 文，娜 图）
1月20日下午，枫彩艺术团部分团员到 Brampton 老人院演出。
Good afternoon, Peel Manor! My name is Angela, and I’m so happy to be here again with members from Kaleidoscope Chinese Performing Arts Group to celebrate the Lunar Chinese New Year with you! Year 2020 is the Year of Rat, which starts this Saturday. We wish everyone at Peel Manor a year full of happiness and prosperity.
Among a wide range of new year celebration activities, new year gala is certainly one of the most popular one. We have carefully put together a show to bring you the joy of the Chinese New Year!
As you probably have known, there are 56 ethnic groups in China. The biggest one is called the Han Chinese, who can trace a common ancestry to the Huaxia people lived more than 5000 years ago.
1. 烟花三月 （Sandra，烟儿，Lele，胜英，小资，薰衣草）
Our first dance is a Han folk dance called “Misty Flowers in the Spring”. The theme of the dance is the appreciation of the beautiful early spring after a harsh winter. The round silk fan we used in the dance is also an integral part of the Chinese culture.
2. You Raise Me Up（Henry）
Our next performance is a solo with violin accompaniment by Henry: “You Raise Me Up”.
It is followed by “The Drunken Imperial Concubine".
3. 京剧 贵妃醉酒 （Jenny，Happy Face）
A famous play of the traditional Chinese Beijing Opera “The Drunken Imperial Concubine”. It is based on the story of Yang Yuhuan, a historical figure in the Tang Dynasty in China. The emperor had originally promised to visit Yang but instead went to another concubine’s palace. Yang was so upset that she indulged herself in wine. This play expresses the complex mood of Yang from anticipation to disappointment, and to resentment through movements, lyrics and tunes.
Wow, what an amazing play! Next, we will present a special dance that incorporates elements from the Beijing Opera with elements from Chinese classical dance. Ladies and Gentlemen, please enjoy Opera dance “Waves of Dancing Sleeves. “
5. 快板舞 （烟儿，Lele，其他人伴舞）
Did you know that China also has a traditional rap art called Chinese Allegro? Performers rap with the assistance of one of two sets of palm-sized bamboo planks. Though you might be interested in listening to the language in its fastest way, we want to show you a dance utilizing the Chinese Allegro instrument today instead. Please enjoy.
Next, is a cheongsam dance “Sway with Me”. The cheongsam is a female dress developed from the so-called “qipao” worn by another Chinese ethnic group, the Manchu, who established the
last dynasty of China, the Qing dynasty. It has now gained a growing popularity in the international world of high fashion.
Among the 56 ethnic groups in China, the Tibetan is an ancient and unique one. Living on plateaus at very high altitude, their culture and life styles are very different from people in the rest of China. The Tibetan dance has unique features, such as complicated shoulder movement, lower waist posture, rhythmic footwork and sleeve techniques. The next dance is a Tibetan Tap dance, performed by Mr. and Mrs. Luan. They met each other in middle school, went through many stages of life together, and have always been deeply in love. Today is their 38th wedding anniversary! It’s very touching to see them dance every time.
8. 陈氏太极拳 （Henry）
Following the Tibetan dance, Henry will show another talent of his: Chen’s TaiChi Quan, a kind of traditional Chinese shadow boxing, Chinese Martial arts.
9. 一杯美酒 （薰衣草，Lele，Sandra）
Having showcased the Han, the Manchu cheongsam, and the Tibetan dance, next, we will present you a Uygur dance: a glass of wine. Living in northwestern China, the Uygurs are a Turkic ethnicity with a unique culture. Let’s all toast the new year with "A Glass of Wine" from our soul.
10. 君生我未生 （烟儿，娜，俏佳人，爱民）
Our next performance is a duet with dance, “I Was Not When You Were Born”. The lyrics came from an ancient poem written in Tang dynasty, more than 1200 year ago. I was not when you were born…… I wished to have been born together; We could enjoy our time together.
11. 蒙古舞 On the Edge of the Sky（陈静）
Following the duet, we will bring you to the vast grassland in Mongolia, North China, via a Mongolian Dance: The Mongolians are also called “a musical ethnic group” Mongolian dance usually incorporates very cheerful rhythms, complicated arm, shoulder and waist movements, energetic foot-stamping, and colourful costume. Ladies and gentlemen, please enjoy both performances.
12. 心灵之翼 （薰衣草，Lele，Sandra，小资，胜英）
Last but not least, is a Korean fan dance: "Wings of the Soul". Living in Northeastern China, the Korean is an ancient ethnic group as well. The Korean folk dance is famous for its artistic expression of the crane, which has been worshipped by the Korean since ancient time. This dance also makes use of silk fans lined with white feather to enhance the elegance of the crane. Enjoy.