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Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Chinese Artists Welcome Water Dragon Year in Cuba
Havana, Cuba, Jan 18.- Members of the Music and Dance Company of Chongquing, China, will perform on January 18th for the first time in Cuba in Havana's Mella Theater to mark the start of the Water Dragon Year.
The celebration, like the Spring Festival, is the most relevant ceremony involving all 56 ethnic groups in China, explained Xi Huan Dean, General assistant director of TV, Radio and Culture in Chongquing.
This ensemble of young and seasoned musicians, dancers and singers from the Opera House and the Three Gorges Company will present, in single and unique show, a merge of diverse expressions of the traditions in China, Inner Mongolia and Latin America.
Liu Guangyu, arts director of the Opera House and the Symphonic Orchestra of Chongquing, told Prensa Latina he is honored to be in Cuba and show the arts from the city of 30 million people with more than 3,000 years of history.
"Willing to share our joy in the advent of the new year in family, just like we do in China, and convey our best wishes to the people of Cuba, the company will also have a presentation in Havana's China Town on Friday," he said.
This Chinese company has participated in many festivals, and has won important awards and decorations like the Golden Medal in metal instruments and the National Awards for its Services to Culture.
They will share the stage with Cuba's female folk group ObiniBata, whose members will expose their singular ways of playing Bata drums, fused with songs and dances to Oshun and Shango, two deities of the Yoruba religion.
Xi recalled that cultural exchange has helped both countries improve their fraternal relations.
He assured that the 23-member-delegation performance on the island is part of a tour of Latin America and the Caribbean, also including Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago. (Prensa Latina).