Chongyang Festival Wonderful Tour
With the Chongyang Festival as the support, the Chongyang Festival Wonderful Tour modernized the national spirit with the traditional Chinese culture as the core, thus inheriting and developing the national outstanding traditional Chongyang folkways, culture, etiquette, and filial piety and demonstrated Chinese spirit, values, and power in form and content, creating a good image of ancient civilization and codes.
(1) Preface: creative dance: Phoenix Presenting Rituals
One prototype of the Chongyang Festival is the ritual fire ceremony in ancient times, reflecting the worship for the god of fire of our ancients and also the blessing for good weather for corps of the laboring people. What’s more, the “phoenix”, a symbol of the spiritual totem of the ancients, represented people’s awe and worship of the nature and the ardent expectations for better life, expressing beauty of wisdom and happiness. What’s more important is that on the day of 9th, September, Yang is extremely excessive. Interpreting the origin, development and the formation of the “phoenix” strengthen the diversified themes of Chongyang Festival and highlighted the atmosphere of praying, reunion and rites.
With the performance model of male and female dancer cooperation, the dance mood can be divided into three parts for expressing the scene of the auspicious ceremony of praying and celebration on Chongyang Festival. With the original ecological image as the start,Phoenix Presenting Rituals shows the original struggle, shouting and vigorous passion of the phoenix totem, and then enters the second part, which shows a plentiful picture combined with 5 colors of phoenix (blue, white, red, black, and yellow) and externalizes the mood of the dance, empowering the connotation of culture development and fortune. At the moment, the match of symphony and ancient music pushed the dance into the climax, showing the combination of emotional dance actions and visual technology. In the last part, the dance enters into a mood of harmony, hundreds of birds faced with phoenix and peace home.
The economic development at Song Dynasty achieved unprecedented prosperity. The mutual effect of subjective and objective basis provided the strong support for the prosperity of Chongyang Festival, thus the “play and enjoy” festival customs gradually became the mainstream at this festival. At Song Dynasty, the ancients prefer to take a far-sighted view, appreciate flowers and drink wines and create poems. With a cup of fragrant tea and a plate of snacks, we can experience the unique customs of Song Dynasty on the Chongyang Festival, which vividly interpreted the national pleasant virtues and the various joy of life.
Chongyang Festival is an important day for scholars to create literature masterpieces whether in ancient or modern days, thus various Song poems handed from Song Dynasty to now is beyond count. With intonation as the start, it initially presented the connotation of Chongyang Festival, and interpreted with elegant and unique shooting techniques and transition methods to show the day of Chongyang Festival at Song Dynasty.
(3) Sword Dance-Free and Happy
As an artistic performance form of classical dance, sword dance is completely different from other dances. It represents the carrier and symbol of different cultures in a certain period and belongs to the prop dance. Prop dance is produced together with the primitive dance. Primitive dance began to appear when primitive humans were working with tools and it was an entertainment form that combines human body movements with dance. Slowly, with the emergence of sword, there was the existence of sword dance. The transition of human dance from holding stone tools and wooden sticks to metal instruments also reflects the progress of human culture. Tai Chi sword dance combines the traditional Chinese martial arts Tai Chi Sword with the elegant style of Chinese literati to create a dance with perfect integration of artistic conception, Qi and strength.
Traveling around the world with sword and wine in hands. Young heroes are full of wisdom. Extracting the connotation of Chongyang Festival’s ascending and hiking, and the elements of drinking wine; combining the charm of poetry and wine with the chivalrous of swordsman, starting with different poets’ wine help chanting poems, dancing with swords, accompanying by melodious ancient musical instruments, can let us restore the clarity of mind and regain the glittering point of human nature. This program is lively and joyful, and full of vigorous activities, creating the unique taste, romance and heroic feelings with poetry, sword and wine of poets in Tang and Song Dynasties.
(4) Opera -Dingjun Mountain
“Dingjun mountain” is the first film made by the Chinese themselves. The plot of the film is taken from the classic Peking opera “Dingjun mountain”, telling the story of veteran Huang Zhong who bravely captured Dingjun mountain after defeating Zhang Ying who was stationed in Tiandang mountain in “The Romance of the Three Kingdoms”. The film was shown by the famous Peking opera performing artist Tan Xinpei in front of the camera with some of his best clips. The film was then shown in the crowds in the Daguanlou of Qianmen, and was very popular. Tan school of Peking Opera is a direct descendant of six generations. Including Tan Zhidao, Tan Xinpei’s father, there are seven generations engaged in Peking Opera, which is rare in both the history of world drama and the history of Peking Opera. This time, we not only tell the old but strengthful story of Peking Opera “Dingjun mountain”, but also change the narrative techniques and methods, telling the Tan-style of Peking Opera to modern audiences and youth groups, and excavating the inheritance stories behind the opera culture, so as to impress the audiences and realize the communication value and cultural value of broad significance.
The program adopts the form of plot interpretation, starting with the inheritance stories of Tan Xiaozeng and Tan Zhengyan, the sixth and seventh generations of Tan-style successor of Modern Peking Opera. The editing techniques flash back to the stories of Tan Xinpei and Tan Xiaopei in the late Qing Dynasty, focusing on father and son, inheritance and persistence, and seamlessly connecting from the plot content to the selected Peking Opera section “Dingjun mountain”. The program uses melodious and graceful singings, wonderful appearances, vivid plots and operas to respect the elderly and the virtuous, telling the inheritance, paying tribute to Chinese films and the inheritance and development of excellent traditional Chinese art, and using the old story to show the spiritual outlook of the elderly people at the same time.
(5) Song -Mutual Love
Ordinary and insignificant feeling sometimes has the power of warmth and move, which can be manifested between parents and children, lover and lover, family members, friends and homes and nations. We always expect, we always devote and we always give all of what we have. The day of Chongyang Festival is a day for thought reunion, and why not us take the song as an opportunity to call on people to love and love earnestly on such a “feeling” day.
In the program overall presentation, life-like and warm-heated style is created for express a whole scene with life moments and feelings, which can arise people’s best memory and remember the moving moments. With the third perspective of Mao Buyi, the song will vividly remind of people’s feeling. In the presentation form, it expressed the multi-dimensional feeling of family affections, love, friendship and patriotism with the plot-based real scene interpretation. In the technique methods, mixing the time-space relation, talking about the missing, and stirring the audience’s heart, thus sharing the feeling with audiences.
(6) Song- Dream Chaser
In ancient China, nine is a very noble number. It is homonymous with “forever”, which expresses people’s good wishes for long life. In modern Chongyang Festival is designated as “Elderly people’s Day”, which advocates people to respect and love the elderly people. However, the life of the modern elderly people is wonderful. They are breaking the shackles and the prejudices, living their own life, and fully interpreting the new era concept of “elderly people is the treasure” and “an old child”.
Through the form of real-scene shooting, the three sets of moving inspirational stories are interpreted in stories, and the concepts that passion, love and dreams will not fade due to time are integrated into the overall song interpretation. The program highlights the contrast. Gala band cooperates with a group of elderly people pursuing dreams. The elderly people appear as the protagonist at the passionate “Music Festival” where only young people supposed to appear, paying tribute to their youth and passionate life from the perspective of the elderly people.