“2012 Confucius Institute Grand Spring Festival Gala” Debuts at Amur State University of Humanities and Pedagogy, Russia

[Source]    Confucius Institutes took place at Amur State University [Time]    2012-03-15 14:23:41 

Komsomolsk-on-Amur, February 13th - The far eastern region of Russia was covered in ice and snow during winter at the time of the third show of the “2012 Confucius Institute Grand Spring Festival Gala” hosted by Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters and organized by Heilongjiang University and six of Russia’s Confucius Institutes took place at Amur State University of Humanities and Pedagogy, Komsomolsk-on-Amur, bringing the warmth of spring.

On the afternoon of February 13th, all seats in the 600-capacity school auditorium were occupied. The audience included the Rector and teachers of Amur State University of Humanities and Pedagogy, local primary and middle school students as well as college students, and Chinese students and residents interested in Chinese language within the city.

In his brief speech, Alexander A. Shumeyko, Rector of Amur State University of Humanities and Pedagogy, expressed sincere thanks to Hanban on behalf of Amur State University of Humanities and Pedagogy and extended warm welcome to the art troupe. He hopes that the trip to Russia would leave the art troupe members with wonderful lifelong memories. Zhang Jinzhong, Director of the Confucius Institute thanked Hanban for its support to this performance and Amur State University of Humanities and Pedagogy for its kind return invitation, and he wished that the friendship between the people of China and Russia may be increasingly consolidated and developed.

The show began with the lively melody of the dance The Lilac and the Youngster. The performance presented a magical journey which featured ethereal experience made by a Russian youngster in a lilac garden after stumbling upon the lilac garden by accident and disturbing the flower faerie. The dance exercised a combination of styles characterized by rigidity and yielding and instantaneously caught the attention of the Chinese and Russian audience members. Everyone present had their enthusiasm simulated in an instant.

After that, a varied series of performances marked by Chinese characteristics were put on stage, including the Guqin (a seven-stringed plucked instrument) performance Yeung Guan Farewell, the dance The Peach Tree is Slender and Sturdy and the Painted Face Chant which were brimming with the beauty of traditional Chinese culture, the dance Canes, Branches and Leaves replete with the beauty of Chinese cultural connotation, the Northeastern Chinese folk music Boat Song On the Ussuri, the dance Longjiang Hot Girls, the Tibetan Laundry Song which sings the praises of the good life enjoyed by Chinese people living in border areas and the dance Chinese Beat that extols the fantastic unity of the Chinese nation. The Russian song I Remember You(Я тебя помню) was sung by students of College of Russian Language, Heilongjiang University. Their great performance brought the audience recollections of Dima Bilan(Дима Билан), the popular Russian singer.

Tibetan Song and Dance Laundry Song

The interactive activity between the performers and members of the audience was the highlight of the whole performance. The emcee invited the Russian audience members up on the stage to learn Chinese dance. The followers’ earnest effort and cute expressions filled those present with laughter and joy. The art troupe also gave out souvenirs such as Chinese knots to the audiences as gifts, explaining the meaning of Chinese knot patterns for everyone, presenting traditional Chinese culture in a vivid and lively format and enabling people to not only “watch the bustling scene” but also “gain knowledge”. The show featuring one highlight after another brought constant applause, cheering and praise.

Audience members learning Chinese minority dance

The performers’ graceful dance, mellow voices, exquisite style and features combined with gorgeous costumes and splendid stage design, combining to make a deep impression upon each and every member of the audience. The performance illustrated the enthusiasm and open mindedness of the Chinese nation, bright and colorful Chinese arts and the harmonious and China’s culture for foreign friends, making them unable to resist its enchantment. The show ended with the joyful and jubilant song Happy Chinese Year. Those present were choked up with emotion and they were unwilling to part. They fell over each other in eagerness to have their photo taken with performers to mark the occasion.

The excellent gala brought Amur State University of Humanities and Pedagogy the delight and warmth of Lunar New Year’s Day and sent Chinese people’s wish out to everyone. Audience members spoke highly of the wonderful gala. Many media outlets including Russia 24, Komsomolsk-na-Amur News Channel, local newspaper and periodical offices etc. reported on the show.

The audience

Group photo of teachers and students from Amur State University of Humanities and Pedagogy with all the performers