Ac­ro­bats take cul­ture on the road in South Amer­ica

China Daily European Weekly - - SHENYANG SPECIAL - By CHINA DAILY

The Shenyang Ac­ro­batic Troupe be­gan a tour fo­cus­ing on the im­age of the panda in South Amer­ica last month, and it has proven pop­u­lar among lo­cal spec­ta­tors.

Zhou Zhong­tao, leader of the per­for­mance tour, said: “When we per­formed in Brazil, we could feel the en­thu­si­asm of the coun­try’s au­di­ence ev­ery day.”

The tour’s first show took place in a large theater in Brazil on the evening of April 6. There will be about 120 per­for­mances of the show in the next six months in South Amer­ica. Nearly 300,000 spec­ta­tors are ex­pected to watch the show.

The show’s theme of “pro­mot­ing good”, as ad­vo­cated by the Chi­nese peo­ple, is ex­pressed through a panda, the Chi­nese cul­tural sym­bol with wide recog­ni­tion over­seas, in its lead­ing role. It com­prises tra­di­tional ac­ro­bat­ics, kung fu and magic shows.

When the troupe first cre­ated the show, they tar­geted the in­ter­na­tional per­for­mance mar­ket and wanted to pro­mote the mar­ket value of Chi­nese ac­ro­bat­ics by es­tab­lish­ing a Chi­nese brand.

The cre­ators of the show have been think­ing on how to ef­fec­tively tell over­seas spec­ta­tors Chi­nese sto­ries with pan­das. They used in­ter­est­ing sto­ries to re­veal pan­das’ kind­ness, mild­ness, out­stand­ing en­durance and wis­dom.

To make the show more at­trac­tive to over­seas au­di­ences, cre­ators made some ad­just­ments. The voice-over of the show was tran­scribed into Span­ish and Por­tuguese to en­sure South Amer­i­can spec­ta­tors could more eas­ily un­der­stand the per­for­mance.

The Shenyang troupe said it has an im­por­tant task in the tour of South Amer­ica — pro­mot­ing Shenyang, cap­i­tal of Liaon­ing prov­ince.

The show fea­tured a pro­mo­tional video be­fore the per­for­mance in the big theater in Brazil. The video dis­plays Shenyang’s nat­u­ral scenery, rich cul­ture, mod­ern­ized con­struc­tion and col­or­ful so­cial life.

Liaon­ing prov­ince has main­tained a friendly re­la­tion­ship with the Brazil­ian state of Rio de Janeiro for nearly a decade, while Shenyang has made La Plata City in Ar­gentina its sis­ter city. The tour of per­for­mances in South Amer­ica is an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote the im­age of Shenyang, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the troupe said.

The troupe was set up in 1951 and more than 20 of the troupe’s shows have been awarded im­por­tant prizes in do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional ac­ro­batic com­pe­ti­tions. It has vis­ited, par­tic­i­pated in matches and of­fered per­for­mances in more than 200 cities from more than 60 coun­tries and re­gions.

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The Shenyang troupe per­forms ac­ro­bat­ics.

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Ac­tors per­form wear­ing cos­tumes of pan­das and char­ac­ters from fairy tales.

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