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The legend of Kung fu comes alive as Chinese troupe performs in Gurgaon

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon , January 30, 2013
First Published: 01:33 IST(30/1/2013) | Last Updated: 01:35 IST(30/1/2013)

Art lovers in the city can enjoy a heady cocktail of histrionics and martial art with a Chinese troupe performing on the stage.

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After holding 6,000 shows worldwide, a group of artistes from China on Tuesday began its fortnight-long performance at the Kingdom of Dreams in Gurgaon.

Since the formation of the group in 2004, the artistes have been trained in martial arts but learnt theatre only on the job.

As part of its maiden tour to India, the troupe will stage The Legend of Kung fu, a spectacular martial arts ballet, at Nautanki Mahal for the next two weeks. The show will then move to the Siri Fort Auditorium in Delhi.

"India is one of the ancient civilisations of the world and is known for its martial arts. We always wanted to perform here, but never got a chance to," said Li Dazhong, marketing director of China Heaven Creation, the marketing firm of the theatre troupe.

Earlier, the troupe of 49 persons, including technicians, has performed in US, Canada, Japan, Russia, UK, Russia and other countries. "The West don't have this kind of tradition. India can understand our tradition as we have a common cultural and religious background," said Zhang Zhihong, cultural councilor from Chinese embassy in New Delhi.

The show depicts the life of Chun Yi - his trials and tribulations in becoming the master of Kung Fu. In a perfect blend of martial arts with emotions, music and dance, the show looks at promoting the Chinese culture.

"Only demonstration of martial arts will not attract the audience. Therefore, we had to combine many other theatrical elements such as music, dance and emotions, to commercialise it," said Li.

The role of Chun Yi was played by 24-year-old Liu Feilong. Liu has been a student of Kung fu for 12 years and has studied in a martial arts school in China. He had also learnt a little of regional Chinese theatre in his childhood.

Most of the artists in the troupe are from martial arts schools and have learnt how to dance and express emotions on the stage.

"When I performed, I felt that I was Chun Yi myself. I felt like a hero. But I will be better next time as I need to be more in sync with the music and lights," said Liu, who hails from Luoyang city in Henan province of China.


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