Year of the Rooster crows
The Chinese Year of the Rooster gets its ‘‘crow’’ on in Palmerston North next week.
Along with Auckland and Wellington, Palmerston North is one of just three New Zealand venues for the Happy Chinese New Year Gala Performance by the professional Liaoning Song and Dance Ensemble from China’s Liaoning Province.
Ping Peng of the Manawatu Chinese Community Trust said the trust had made a big effort to bring the global celebrations for Chinese New Year to Palmerston North, and hoped it resulted in an unforgettable experience for the local audience.
‘‘These kinds of professional performances normally only happen in Auckland and Wellington,’’ Peng said.
‘‘It’s difficult to get them here because of the small population.’’
The collaborations between the China Ministry of Culture and Chinese embassies have seen these type of Chinese New Year stage shows appear around the world since 2001.
This year has special significance in the Chinese zodiac as the Year of the Fire Rooster, which only comes around every 60 years.
‘‘I believe the community will enjoy the excellent singing, dancing and playing, the spectacular acrobatics, and the amazing costumes of the Liaoning Song and Dance Ensemble and the Liaoning Acrobatic Troupe,’’ Peng said.
While Liaoning Province is in China’s north-east bordering North Korea, a special feature of the concert is ‘‘the facechanging act’’ that comes from the southwestern province of Sichuan.
Peng said the unique act performed at breathtaking speed, is a handed-down family performance tradition.
‘‘They wear Beijing Operatic costumes. At every turn of the music, they change to a different face. It is so quick, it is hard to know if they are faces or masks.’’
Other performances include the traditional Yangko folk dance ensemble and the song and dance duet known simply as The Two Person Act.
The Regent on Broadway show is on next Wednesday, January 25, at 7pm. Adults are $25; children, seniors, students and groups are $15 through Ticket Direct.
To celebrate the year of the Fire Rooster, The Tribune has eight double passes to give away for next Wednesday’s Happy Chinese New Year Gala. See The Tribune Facebook page for details.
Members of the Liaoning Song and Dance Ensemble and Liaoning Acrobatic Troupe during the touring ‘‘Happy Chinese New Year Gala Performance’’.