Halifax Stages China-Canada Co-produced Dance Drama Search

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Saint Mary's University, Canada [Time]    2019-10-22 17:02:57 

On October 13th, local time, A China-Canada co-produced dance drama Search was put on stage at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. More than 700 spectators watched the performance in the fully packed venue.

Performance scene

This dance drama show is an important following-up cultural event of the Halifax Chinese Festival in 2019. As a member of the Halifax Chinese Festival Organization Committee, the Confucius Institute at Saint Mary's University has made important contributions to the dance drama Search.

Search told a story transcending time, space and national borders. It was co-produced by Chinese Wuxi Song and Dance Theater and the famous Canadian choreographer Peter Quanz. The dance drama told a story about love, family, China-Canadian friendship and gratitude in the two families in China and Canada. It connected protagonist Su Fei’s journey of finding home, love, and lost relatives with “searching’’. It not only coincided with the theme of Thanksgiving, but also showed the touching blood-tied feelings of Chinese descendants. One of the most touching episodes was undoubtedly the scene in which the parents finally found their lost children after twenty years. The parents draw a picture for their lost baby’s birthday every year to express their yearning for the lost baby. 18 paintings carry the pain of years of separation. When the mother and the child recognized each other, many of the audience were moved into tears.

Stage photo

It is worth mentioning that the dance drama Search is jointly produced and performed by artists from China and Canada. It is a successful exploration of the integration of Chinese and Western culture and art. The dance director Peter Quanz is the recipient of the Clifford E. Lee Award, Canada’s national award for young choreographers. He loves Chinese culture and speaks fluent Mandarin. In the performance, you can not only see Nanchang Ancient Street, Qingming Bridge, and rain in the south of the Yangtze River, which also represents Chinese culture, but also the ancient castles, portraits and red maples that show Canadian culture. On the stage, the feelings of the south of the Yangtze River and the Canadian style are in full swing. In addition, as the Chinese and Canadian performers bring the essence of Chinese and Western dance for the dance drama, it has the characteristics of classical dance and ethnic dance and also incorporates ballet and modern dance.

Stage photo

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke highly of the dance drama and wrote a letter of thanks for the dance drama Search’s tour in Canada. In his letter, he thanked Search for bringing music, dance and performing arts with strong Chinese cultural deposits to the local people, which has promoted cultural exchanges between Canada and China and enhanced the friendly exchanges between the two peoples.

Cong Peiwu, Chinese Ambassador to Canada, said: “Art uses a universal language to build a bridge between the Chinese and Canadian people to understand and appreciate each other. The dance drama Search vividly tells a touching story of China-Canadian friendship. It is the result of cultural cooperation between the two countries, which shows that the two peoples share common feelings and artistic feelings.”


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