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Audio-visual feasts set tunes for summer fun in Guangzhou
Update: 2021-08-16     Source: Newsgd.com

During the sweltering summer holiday, it takes a lot of courage to go outside or stay in a place without air-conditioners. How about going to a concert or theater to enjoy brilliant music or dramas in Guangzhou? The followings are some shows we recommend for you to immerse yourself in audio-visual feasts. Don't miss out!

◆ Dance drama "Awakening Lion"

"Awakening Lion" was the first large-scale dance drama in China themed around the Cantonese lion dance. The drama is set against the backdrop of the Opium War in 1840, telling the story of a Sanyuanli lion dance troupe battling against the invaders during the late Qing dynasty.

Chen Hongjun, a researcher from Guangzhou Museum, explained that the drama combines several unique Lingnan cultural elements, such as the Southern Lion Dance, Cantonese Music and Opera.

A stage photo of the dance drama "Awakening Lion" (Photo provided to Newsgd.com)

The dress rehearsal of the dance drama "Awakening Lion" (Photo provided to Newsgd.com)

Time:20:00, Tuesday-Wednesday, August 17-18, 2021

Venue:Guangdong Arts Theater

Ticket price:RMB 80, 180, 280, 380, 480

Duration:About 120 minutes (15 minutes for intermission)

Nearest bus stop:Guangzhou Sport University (广州体院)

Scan this QR code to buy tickets.

About Guangdong lion dance

In China, the lion dance has been performed for more than 1,000 years and has different styles across different regions.

The Guangdong lion dance is from the southern branch, a traditional folk art combination of dance, music, and martial arts. Performed on special occasions, such as the new year or at the launch of a new business, the traditional art form is popular not only in the country but also among overseas Chinese, according to China Daily.

The dress rehearsal of the dance drama "Awakening Lion" (Photo provided to Newsgd.com)

Chinese audiences feel connected to the lion dance particularly because wherever there are Chinese, there are lion dances to celebrate the traditional festivals.

In 2006, the Guangdong lion dance, also known as "Xingshi", was listed on the National Intangible Cultural Heritage Register.

◆ A new adaptation of the Peking Opera "New Dragon Inn"

The new Peking Opera production "New Dragon Inn", which has been adapted from a movie of the same name, retains the classic story and character relationships of the original film, while creating a new way to interpret the story with traditional opera techniques.

The film, which centers around themes of love and righteousness, also has fast-paced action sequences and martial arts stunts, which provide the right ingredients for a Peking Opera production. Peking Opera artists Shi Yihong will play the lead role in this production.

A stage photo of the new Peking Opera production "New Dragon Inn" (Photo provided to Newsgd.com)

A stage photo of the new Peking Opera production "New Dragon Inn" (Photo provided to Newsgd.com)

Time:19:30, Tuesday, August 24th, 2021

Venue:Opera Hall, Guangzhou Opera House

Ticket price:RMB 80, 180, 280, 380, 480, 680 VIP

Duration:165 minutes (15 minutes for intermission)

Nearest metro station:Take Metro Line 3 or 5 and get off at the Zhujiang New Town Station, and then use the GT Land Plaza Exit.

◆ Music concert: An Tianxu's piano recital named Stage Everywhere

The concert features six works, including Chinese classical piece Jasmine Flower, Prelude in F minor created by Sergei Vassilievitch Rachmaninoff, famous classical music composer and pianist, Prelude in B flat major, Prelude in D major, Prelude in G major and Mephisto Waltz.

A poster of the concert (Photo: Xinghai Concert Hall)

A stage photo of the concert (Photo: Xinghai Concert Hall)

An Tianxu is a young Chinese pianist with wide recognition among audiences. At the age of 16, he majored in piano at the Curtis Institute of Music with a full scholarship. In 2019, he won the special award of "Confidence and Courage” in the Tchaikovsky International Music Competition.

Online platform:The WeChat official account of Xinghai Concert Hall named "星海音乐厅 (pinyin: xing hai yin yue ting)", or scan the following QR code to enjoy the concert.

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