Curtain of Cultural Night Party in May Comes Down

[Source]    Confucius Institute in Edmonton [Time]    2019-05-29 09:13:51 
 

The beautiful season of May is characterized by breezing wind, warm sunshine, green willows and blooming flowers. With birds flying and chirping, this season is brimming with vitality.

It is an Asian tradition to have cultural exchanges in May. All flowers are in full blossom in the garden of cultures, among which the profound Chinese culture stands out with its unique characteristics.

On May 9th, local time, the Confucius Institute in Edmonton (CIE) of Canada, together with the Edmonton Beijing Opera Society and the Edmonton Chinese Bilingual Education Association, jointly held the Cultural Night Party in May at Eva O’Harward Theater.

Trisha Estabrooks, Edmonton Public School Board Trustee, Lorne Parker, Assistant Superintendent of EPSB and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the CIE, Wendy Boje, Assistant to the Deputy Director of Alberta Education , Tian Liang, Chinese Special Adviser of Alberta Education, Zong Li, Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Saskatchewan, Li Wei, Foreign Director of the CIE, Liu Ning, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at University of Saskatchewan, and Dong Zhaobo, Director of the Sports Department of Beijing Institute of Technology attended the evening party. More than 600 people, including teachers and students of CIE and local people, enjoyed the performance.

In their speeches, Lorne Parker and Li Wei thanked local governments, associations and people from all walks of life for their support to the Confucius Institute in the past 10 years.


Lorne Parker giving a speech


Li Wei giving a speech

In her speech, Trisha Estabrooks stressed the necessity of learning Chinese language and thanked the Confucius Institute in Edmonton and the Edmonton Chinese Bilingual Program for their efforts and strong support for Chinese teaching.


Trisha Estabrooks giving a speech

The party kicked off with a short film, “A Ten-year Review of the Confucius Institute in Edmonton.” The representative team of Ji Hong Wushu & Tai Chi College, the martial arts team of Beijing Institute of Technology, which has won great awards several times in the national martial arts competition, and the dance team of the Confucius Institute at the University of Saskatchewan that is famous in Saskatchewan, were invited to present a fantastic martial arts performance and beautiful dance performance.

Presented by the martial arts team of Beijing Institute of Technology, the martial arts performance of “Leaping Tigers and Soaring Dragons”, “The Robust Kung Fu”, “The Soul of Chinese Martial Arts”, “Drifting Clouds and Flowing Water”, and “Lofty Spirits Reaching the Rainbow” demonstrated boxing, knife skills, pair training, and weapons. The combination of movement and stillness have fully showed the essence of Chinese martial arts, which is characterized by its elegant and unique style, and rich and colorful content and indulged the audience.


The martial arts performance

The martial arts performance “Kung Fu Boy” presented by Ji Hong Wushu &Tai Chi College, is the exquisite interpretation of various martial arts, such as skillful and smooth moves, flexible skills, knife, spear, sword, and boxing, etc., which has showed the breadth and depth of Chinese Kung Fu, and won a lot of praise from the audience.


The martial arts performance

Presented by the dance team of the Confucius Institute at the University of Saskatchewan, the dance performance of “Charm of Yi Village”, “Ballet in Spring”, “Mei Luo Zi” (beautiful folk dance) and “Beauty Song”, is light and graceful. Coupled with dazzling and colorful clothes, fluttering skirt and flickering sleeves, the dancers were as beautiful as fairies coming from heaven with their posture as delicate as the orchid. The comfortable shape, broad vision, and beautiful movements presented by the performance have won thunderous applause.


The dance performance


The dance performance


The dance performance

In addition, Yan Qingping, a famous Beijing opera actor in Edmonton and overseas student of Mei Baojiu, a master of Beijing Opera, led a small group to perform “I Love you China”, a song with the elements of Beijing Opera. Besides, Fang Li, former Consul General of the Chinese Consulate General in Toronto sang the song “The Praise to Red Plum”, followed by the male and female duet “Full Moon, Gorgeous Flowers”. All these performances have won a full house of applause.


The choir “I Love you China”


The solo “The Praise to Red Plum”


The duet “Full Moon, Gorgeous Flowers”

During this period, the Confucius Institute in Edmonton presented the solo “The Praise to Red Plum”, the chorus “Counting Ducks”, “Azalea”, and “Feeling Good”, the solo dance “First Rain in Linan”, the group dance “Beauties in Pear Garden”, and “Shadow” and the flute solo “Busy Horses Deliver the Grain” and so on. Among them, the chorus “Counting Ducks”, “Azalea”, and “Feeling Good” were respectively presented by Wu Yufan, the champion of the primary school group of the second Edmonton Chinese Singing Contest, Sophie Stetsko, the second prize winner of the secondary school group, and Jiang Songzhang, the second prize winner of the adult group and Chinese teacher of Confucius Classroom of Caernarvon Elementary School of the Confucius Institute in Edmonton.


The song “The Praise to Red Plum”


The solo dance “First Rain in Linan”


The dance “Beauties in Pear Garden”


The dance “Shadow”

The party enabled the local people to closely enjoy Chinese martial arts and dance, and the applause and cheer expressed the audiences’ heartfelt love and admiration. Adhering to the spirit of working hard and tirelessly seeking improvement, the Confucius Institute in Edmonton has won the applause of the audience with hard efforts and built the bridge of friendship between China and Canada through cultural exchanges.