闲话“寻常人家”

沈蓓

十余年来,中美舞蹈社致力于东西方沟通,运用舞蹈这种世界共通的身体语言艺术为载体,系统深入地介绍中华文化。如“脉”、“源远流长”纵览了中国历史;“融”、“一方热土”横跨神州东西南北中数十个不同民族和地区;“风”、“东方人体艺术”涉及的是节庆和语言特征;舞剧“龙的传人”则重在民族精神。但即便您年年都来观赏,错过了今年便错过了最最重要一次了解中国的机会,因为就像到了纽约不等于真正了解普通美国人的生活一样。这次我们不再让你住宾馆,而直接将你领入民居,真正深入到普通中国人的日常生活。瞧这节目可真少见——梳头呀,洗衣呀,卖菜呀!看起来琐琐碎碎,可那才是最真实的生活。朴素、平和、毫无矫饰,真切地融入自然,反觉情致深远。那里有些东西可能你会觉得熟悉,亲切却又有些遥远,因为许多东西对现代人来说已经失落了,问题是失落的并不一定代表过去,有时失落后才更觉眷恋,倍感珍惜。这就是为什么现代社会的人们越来越强烈地渴望自然。“中国人一向认为在自然中才自有安居之地,只有在自然中,才存在着真正的美。”——摘自小尾交一著《中国文学中所表现的自然与自然观》。     

    ——二00四年七月明州    

    Rhythms of Life    

    Saturday, September 11, 2004 7:30 PM

    Sunday September 12, 2004 at 2:00 PM

    O’Shaughnessy Auditorium

    The College of St. Catherine

    2004 Randolph Ave.

    St. Paul MN 55105

    Tickets $14-18; Tickets call 651-690-6700    

    Unlike past productions that have drawn from various dances of Chinese dynasties or lives of royalty, this program will highlight the life of ordinary people. In our current day and age where no time is left to slow down and appreciate the beauty and joys of our lives around us, this program is intended to bring the simplicity as well as complexity of life into sharper focus.     

    Not only will the dances feature traditional work in Chinese lives, such as picking tea and catching fish but also the joys of family life. Children’s games, teenage romance, bridal preparations are just some of the subjects of the dances to be presented.     

    Under the artistic direction of Artistic Director Shen Pei. Shen Pei and Associate Artistic Director Qiang Yang have collaborated to bring more than 100 dancers to the stage for a two hour performance with dances from various ethnic Chinese groups as well as original choreography. Artistic Director Shen Pei says “We wanted to present something different for our Fall 2004 Production, and show another side of Chinese dance and culture, the rhythms of life. Even if someone is not familiar with Chinese culture, the rituals of everyday life will be easily appreciated through the language of dance.”

    




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