2013 is the Year of the Snake. To celebrate it, China Pearl, in association with Unity Theatre, will be hosting a Chinese Arts Festival on Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd March 2013 at the Unity Theatre in Liverpool. Following on from the sold-out show for the Year of the Dragon, China Pearl returns to Unity to present ‘Lady White Snake’, a Chinese cultural show on both nights with traditional and contemporary Chinese dance, Classical Chinese music, a fusion of Chinese harp and African drum, plus a dance theatre piece about the beautiful Chinese folktale ‘Lady White Snake’.
Fenfen Huang, Director of China Pearl comments ” With the oldest Chinese community in Europe and expanding Chinese community, it is significant to develop a Chinese Arts Festival in the city of Liverpool. Lady White Snake is a very famous story passed on many generations from the exquisite city of Hangzhou, often referred as Chinese Paris and capital of my province Zhejiang. 2013 is the Year of the Snake, so I really want to share this captivating story with the audience here. So we will tell the story through dance, animation and poetry and it will be an exciting and enticing production, which a Chinese audience will find refreshing and I am sure a British audience will fall under its spell ”.
The project involves local, regional and national young talents and well-established artists including Namron, founder member of London Contemporary Dance and Northern Contemporary Dance and a dance legend celebrating the 50th year of his dance career this year, Patrick Dineen-a local composer with an international reputation including music for As the World Tips, One Summer Night on BBC3 and 2008 Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture Opening Ceremony.
Fenfen also remarks ” We are very honoured to be able to host this festival to show British audience how wonderful our culture is and very grateful to the support we received from Arts Council England, Liverpool PCT, Liverpool Mutual Homes, Unity Theatre, Merseyside Police Authority, Liverpool Confucius Institute, The Windows Project, View 2 Gallery, LIC Studio, MDI, The Blackie and Hondu Supermarket. It is also an excellent platform for artists to collaborate, create and showcase.
We also deliver a number of free Chinese dance and music performances and workshops in various community settings in Liverpool including Anfield Youth Club, Flaxman Court Sheltered Housing, Birkenhead Multicultural Centre, St Cyril’s Youth & Children’s Projects, Amandudu Domestic Violence Victime Centre, Tuebrook Children Centre and public places including the Blackie on 10th February and Metropolitan Catholic Cathedral on 16th February ” .
Lady White Snake
Fri 1 Mar – Sat 2 Mar – 8pm
Unity Theatre – Liverpool
Free Taster sessions
Sat 2 Mar I 12:30pm onwards
Unity Theatre – Liverpool
For further information check out www.china-pearl.co.uk or to book tickets www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk/