“最忆是杭州”惊艳世界 看看你错过了什么! | 'Hangzhou, A Living Poem'
A traditional Chinese-style cultural performance, “Hangzhou, A Living Poem”, was staged alongside the dreamy West Lake in Hangzhou, in east China’s Zhejiang Province on Sunday night. The amazing overwater show was directed by famous Chinese director Zhang Yimou, who was also the director of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
The show consists of nine parts and impressed the world with the night’s landscape of Hangzhou, a city with a history spanning thousands of years.
“Moonlit Night on Spring River” is a pipa solo adapted from the acclaimed ancient musical masterpiece, “Xi Yang Xiao Gu”. The title is taken from a well-known poem in the Tang Dynasty, describing the beauty of a moonlit night in the region south of the Yangtze River.
The pipa（琵琶）is a four-stringed Chinese musical instrument, which has a wooden body with a varying number of frets ranging from 12 to 26.
With its melody based on a local Yue Opera aria, “Picking Tea” is a popular Hangzhou local ballad, which paints a picture of laughing girls gathering the tea harvest.
“Beautiful Love Stories” is based on “The Butterfly Lovers”, a Chinese legend of a love story between Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai. Their love story has been told in China for hundreds of years and is defined as one of China’s four great folktales, the others being “White Snake”（白蛇传）, “Lady Meng Jiang”（孟姜女） and “The Cowherd and the Weaving Maid”.（牛郎织女）
Zhu Yintai is deeply in love with her classmate, Liang Shanbo who’s also very fond of Yingtai. Yet, he is oblivious to Yintai’s true feelings because she had to disguise herself as a boy in order to attend school. Now, after three years, the time has come for them to part. Yingtai is leaving and Shanbo accompanies her as she walks beside the Qiantang River. Eventually, Shanbo discovers Yingtai’s true identity.
“High Mountains, Flowing Water” is one of China’s best-loved pieces of ancient music. The melody which dates from the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476BC) is credited to the legendary guqin master, Yu Boya, who is said to have been inspired by Zhong Ziqi, a rustic woodsman.
In this arrangement, a dialogue takes place between a guqin, a Chinese drum, and cello. The lyrics convey the friendly wishes of the Chinese people towards those in the rest of the world.
“Swan Lake” is a ballet composed by Russian composr Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in the 1870s. For his production, Zhang Yimou moved the ballet stage overwater and displayed a unique aquatic ballet show.
“Clair de Lune” is French for “Moonlight”. It is composed by Claude Debussy and the most famous movements of Suite bergamasque, one of the Debussy’s piano suites.
Famous Chinese operatic baritone, Liao Changyong, together with eight-year-old pupil, Xu Ziqi sang “My Motherland and I” to express their love of their country.
“Unforgettable Jasmine Flower”, previously “Jasmine Flower” was specially designed for G20. Chinese folk soprano and national class one performer Lei Jia sang for the G20 version.
“Ode to Joy” was composed by Ludwig van Beethoven in the 1820s and is one of the best-known works in classical music.
In the entire show, Xu Ziqi’s performance was most impressive to the audience. The eight-year-old girl was born in 2008 and is a second grader in Hangzhou.
Li Jun, Xu's mother, is a little surprised at the chance that came ‘so suddenly," she said.
There were three girls performing “My Motherland and I” with the backup of an orchestra. In the end, award-winning Chinese director Zhang Yimou selected Xu Zhou Yi, a music teacher at Xu’s school, was confident that her student will perform outstandingly.
"Xu Ziqi has a solid background in singing. I always ask her to demonstrate foreveryone during our music classes. Whenever we need a lead singer, Ziqi wasalways a compelling choice," said Zhou.
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