Shaolin Black and White performs martial arts in La Rochelle

[Source]    the Confucius Institute in La Rochelle [Time]    2015-04-15 17:15:40 

On March 10th, 2015, at the invitation of the Confucius Institute in La Rochelle, France, the Shaolin Black and White together with monks from the Shaolin Temple, who were touring around Europe, came to the city of La Rochelle to bring some spectacular marital arts performances to the local residents. This event attracted a houseful audience in a theatre with 250 seats, even with people standing along the aisles.

Before the show, several distinguished guests delivered their speeches respectively, including Michelle Sabatier, Vice-President of the Agglomeration Community of La Rochelle; Laurent Augier, Dean of the Faculty of Languages, Literature, Art and Human Sciences of the University of La Rochelle; and Mr. Han Zhuxiang, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute.

The inspiration of this show was originated from the personal experience of Master Shi Yanmai, founder of the Shaolin Black and White. He was born in a village in Cameroon. With a hope to pursue his dream and broaden his horizon, he came to China and, after several years of practice, he became the first black student to be admitted into the Shaolin Temple.

The performances were of various artistic forms, such as martial arts, acrobatics, singing and dancing, and drama, which fully showcased the essence of Shaolin Kung Fu with around 1,000 years of history. The fight using real spears and swords demonstrated the perfect combination of strength and beauty. The artists from the troupe performed with rich body language and sincere and touching emotions. The monks from the Songshan Shaolin Temple rocked the whole theatre by their authentic Kung Fu moves, which won a full house of applause and cheers.

Though artists of the Shaolin Black and White came from different countries and speak different languages, their explosive performances fully demonstrated the tolerance and respect for cultural diversity and delivered the essence of love and peace, which offered the audience a rare opportunity to learn more about the Shaolin Temple and traditional Chinese martial arts.


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