Chongqing Culture Week to be celebrated
Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 8:01 pm
SEVIERVILLE — Chongqing Culture Week launches Aug. 6 at the Smoky Mountain Palace in Sevierville, introducing America to the works of some of Chongqing, China’s finest artists and performers.
The Smoky Mountain Palace, home of the Chinese acrobatics show Cirque de Chine, will present Chongqing Culture Week Aug. 6-10. This event will include demonstrations and intangible displays in the lobby throughout the day as well as special evening performances.
Performances during the five-day exhibition include:
• Wang Yi — a master of the Yang Qin (a hammered dulcimer), and Chief of the Chongqing Folk Arts Troupe
• Wang Yali — a master of the Erhu, a centuries-old traditional two-stringed Chinese fiddle
• Liu Yingying — a Sichuan Opera star internationally recognized for her skills in Face Changing, rapidly changing face masks technique
Successors of World Intangible Heritage
• Liu Guibing — an architect who creates highly detailed sugar sculptures
• Zhou Mingchun — one of two inventors of the patented Leaf Veins Painting
• Chen Zifu — a magician of fans who can create exquisite fans from any material
• Wen Yuguang — a master of wood engraving depicting Chinese peasants’ daily lives
• Liang Su — traditional art craft of Paper Cutting
• Hu Wenfu — renowned for his unique calligraphy technique, using only ink, his fingers, palm and fist
• Cast of Cirque de Chine —the theater’s own resident award-winning masters of dance, acrobatics, and contortion.
The performers will share the stage each evening at 7:30.
All the exhibitions in the lobby prior to the evening event are free to the public. Each evening at 6:30, people can enjoy watching live performances in the lobby by acrobats, demonstrations of Chinese calligraphy by Hu Wenfu, and demonstrations by the master craftsmen showcasing traditional folk arts. Displays will be available for viewing in the lobby from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Chongqing Culture Week performances and exhibitions are Aug. 6-10 at the Smoky Mountain Palace, 179 Collier Drive, Sevierville.
Tickets for the evening performances may be purchased from the box office by calling 800-826-2933 or online at www.SmokyMountainPalace.com.
Published in The Messenger 7.29.10