The Confucius Institute at Texas A&M University Presents Compelling Yunnan in Celebration of China-U
On January 14th, 2011, a capacity audience of more than 2,200 enjoyed a splendid performance of Chinese folk arts at Texas A&M University. The performance was co-hosted by Consulate General for the People’s Republic of China in Houston and the Confucius Institute at Texas A&M University, in order to celebrate the friendship between China and the U.S and ring in the new year of the rabbit.
The performance began with an address from Consul General Madame Gao Yanping and Texas A&M University President, Dr. R. Bowen Loftin. The performance included songs, ethnic minority dance, instruments, magic, and acrobatics from Yunnan Province, showcasing the dynamics of one of the most beautiful and ethnically diverse areas in China. With more than 25 ethnic groups that call Yunnan home each song and dance told revealed an intricate story of the peoples it was meant to represent. Hand to Hand Balance – Strength by National Acrobatic Bronze Medals winners Mr. Lin Tong and Mr. Wang Rui was a crowd favorite, keeping the audience on the edge of their seats as they performed dangerous and incredible feats of strength. After the show, among all the excited audience, President Loftin said that it was one of the most wonderful performances he had ever watched.
Although the show was held during the university’s winter vacation, Rudder Auditorium was almost filled with an audience of more than 2,200. In addition to Texas A&M staff and students, the audience was full of local residents and students from nearby school districts such as Navasota and Conroe I.S.D.
The event at Texas A&M University was the fourth performance by the Yunnan Performance Group in the U.S. with later performances planned for Atlanta and Washington D.C. prior to returning to China.
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