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Confucius Institute Hosts Free Performance Feb. 1

Baifeng Sun | January 25, 2012
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On Wednesday, February 1, an artistic student group from the famous Zhejiang University will perform at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The performance will take place at 5 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom, located on the third floor.

Zhejiang University, founded in 1897, is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in China. The members of Zhejiang University Wenqin Arts Troupe are mainly undergraduate and graduate students who have been performing at universities around the world.

The series of performances will include:

1. “Good Days” a Wish for a Happy Chinese New Year
This Flower-Lantern-Drum folk music will be played on a moving vehicle decorated with flower lights during the Chinese Lantern Festival.

2. Trio Folk Dance: Shao-Duo-Li
Dai zu is an ethnic minority living in the southwestern part of China, mostly in Yunnan Province. Trio Dance, Shao-duo-li, is a traditional Dai ethnic minority dance that celebrates the spirit of young women.

3. Erhu Solo: “Horse Racing”
Erhu is a traditional two-stringed bowed instrument. A very versatile instrument, Erhu is not only used in traditional music, but also in contemporary music arrangements, such as in pop, rock, jazz, etc.  The rhythm of “Horse Racing” will create a picture of Mongolia where the surroundings are full of horses running on the wide-open grassland.

4.  Folk Dance: Paper-cutting Girls
Chinese paper-cutting has been around for more than 1,000 years. The next dance is inspired by this time-honored art and creates a bouncy, upbeat spirit.

5. The Charm of Chinese Ink
Chinese artistic calligraphy is one of the greatest of all Chinese arts. Following this presentation, we are going to spend some time watching the performer create Chinese calligraphy. The background music will be a piece of well-known Chinese music titled “Spring Dawn on Snow Mountain,” performed on a classical Chinese instrument, the Guzheng. It portrays the snow and ice melting on the mountains as spring arrives, and the streams flowing down.

6. Solo Dance: Tea House Waitress
The following solo dance, Tea House Waitress, is a dance that emulates the atmosphere of an old tea house, drinking tea and relaxing. In China, the smell of tea alone is so sweet and refreshing that it makes people want to keep the taste in their mouths.

7. Song & Dance: Paradise on Earth
Hangzhou, home to Zhejiang University and the famous tourist attraction, the West Lake, is reputed as “Paradise on Earth.” On June 24, 2011, The World Heritage Committee inscribed the West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou, comprising the West Lake and the hills surrounding its three sides, on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Paradise on Earth will interpret and describe the beauty of Hangzhou that is seen in all four seasons.

8. Solo of RUAN: A Distant Voice
This solo performance will be performed on the Ruan, a traditional instrument in China.

9. Short Flute Concerto: A Morning of Miao Ridge
Miao people form one of the largest ethnic minorities in southwest China. As you listen to the music, you can imagine the breathtaking landscape in the morning of the mountainous area where Miao people dwell. In enjoying this performance, you will feel the pleasure of the sun rising in an otherwise clear sky, the abundant life in the Miao tribe is full of happiness and joy.

10.  Bamboo Flute Concerto: A Busy Scene after Harvest
This performance expresses the joy and celebration of an annual harvest.

11.  Group Dance: Fan Dance with Korean Long-Drum
A group of young Korean girls will dance with fans, bells, and a Korean style long drum. The Korean ethnic minority is one of the 56 ethnic groups in China. They mostly live in northeastern part of China and have earned a reputation of being beautiful dancers.

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