Chinese Shining on Georgian Stage
20 December, 2012
Chinese Shining on Georgian Stage
On December 17, Russian-Language Drama Theatre hosted the opening of China’s Cultural Days in Georgia. The days are dedicated to the 20th anniversary of establishing diplomatic ties between the two countries.
Guram Odisharia, Georgian Minister of Culture and Monuments Protection opened the evening: “China, as the country of ancient culture, is the subject of great interest on the international arena. Our relations began very early and are connected with the Silk Road. I can say with pride that our contemporary
connections in the sphere of culture are based on mutual respect and are evolving effectively. I declare the China’s Cultural Days opened”.
Chen Jianfu, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Georgia, stated: “The visit of Gansu theatre is an important occasion on the 20th anniversary of our bilateral relations, as it takes us back to the Silk Road era. The performance is a nice New Year gift to Georgians. I wish you joy, happiness and peace in the coming year”.
Chinese Gansu theatre was founded in 1939 and has performed more than 200 operas in total so far. In 2004, the theatre took three years to create art and performed large-scale music and dance Dunhuang Rhyme, having been awarded by the Ministry of Culture of China. Representing the Ministry of Culture of China, the theatre performed Dunhuang Rhyme continuously in Kazakhstan, Syria, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Nepal, Malaysia and Macau. The Chinese troupe presented “Dunhuang Rhyme”, three scenes of Thematic Singing and Dancing: Graceful Dances from the Fresco, The Remaining Grace of the Verve and harmony of Heaven, Earth and Man.
The synopsis of the performance is as follows: The Silk Road in Tang Dynasty, where trade developed actively and the eastern and western culture mixed with each other, attracted a young scholar who yearned for frontier fortress, who reaches Dunhuang through desert of Gobi. He praised beauty of Dunhuang sandbank in poem, engraved grandeur of Mogao in paint, and called crescent moon Goddess to dance in music. The scholar revives Dunhuang tales of myth with different poses and with different expressions. The troupe abounded with women performers, who showed their good will and festive and positive disposition, so characteristic of the Far East. They wore eye-catching costumes, symbolizing flowers, as well as starring as of singing and dancing maids or mysterious mermaids. Dresses were brilliant, but even more sparkles were in their eyes, bearing something like a Chinese shine. Thank you, China, for this New Year gift!
China’s Cultural Days in Georgia will continue until December 24. According to the Georgian Ministry of Culture, it is planned to hold Georgian cultural days in China in the coming spring.
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