Youth Experimental Art Group of Zhejiang Vocational Academy of Art Makes Its Debut in the University of Western Australia

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Western Australia [Time]    2017-09-19 17:25:55 

To celebrate the Confucius Institute Day 2017 and the 30th anniversary of the sister state relationship between Western Australia and Zhejiang Province, the Confucius Institute at the University of Western Australia invited the Youth Experimental Art Group of Zhejiang Vocational Academy of Art to present performances and enhance exchanges in Perth. On September 12th, 2017 local time, a full house at the Octagon Theater witnessed a stunning presentation by teachers and students from the Youth Experimental Art Group. Beautiful dances, fascinating music and the spectacular stage are integrated into a Chinese cultural feast enjoyed by nearly 700 spectators.

At the start of the show, a local elder was invited to give a speech and sang a welcoming song. And students from local schools performed Chinese folk songs and dances, including Song of Malan, Lantern Dance, and Jasmine Flower, which were surprisingly wonderful to the audience.

The elder making a speech

Performance by the local students

Later on in the event, performances by the art group lit up the atmosphere. The opening dance, Ancient Dance in New Rhythm, impressed the audience present. Then came the dances with characteristics of China’s ethnic groups, such as the Prairie Wanderer of the Mongolian, Whisper of Spring from South of Yangtze River, Girls’ Dance of the She Minority, as well as the Auspicious Tree of the Dai people, extraordinarily performed with the instrument solo and vocal performances like Early Spring Jokul by Chinese zither, Dance Music of Yi by pipa, Galloping Horses by erhu and the Tibetan song “On the top of Dongshan Mountain”. All these performances provided a delightful moment for those in the audience. Musicians played the well-known Australian rock music, Thunderstruck with Chinese musical instruments, resonating strongly with the audience. The finale, Heavenly West Lake, demonstrated the beauty, openness and hospitality of Hangzhou through sweet singing and dancing.

Dance performance

Dance performance

Playing the rock music with Chinese musical instruments

The song to answer a curtain call

A group photo of guests and performers

After the performance, Lei Kezhong, Chinese Consul-General in Perth and his wife, the representatives from the Department of Culture and the Arts of the Western Australian Government and the University of Western Australia and other guests took group photos with performers. Members of the art group will visit three schools in Perth to give performances over the next few days and make in-depth exchanges with faculty and students from schools in Australia.