SCENE@CCSU: Chinese New Year celebration is open to all

Published on Sunday, 29 January 2017 22:03
Written by Zongxiang Mei

Associate Director, CCSU Confucius Institute

Come celebrate the “Year of the Rooster” at Central Connecticut State University’s Chinese New Year festivities on Monday, Feb. 6. An array of colorful, lively performances will be held in Davidson Hall’s Torp Theatre from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The event will be free of charge and is open to the public.

The entertainment will begin with the Ju Long Wushu Chinese Martial Arts Training Center from South Windsor as it presents two traditional Chinese dances: the Dragon and the Lion. They will be accompanied by music created by beating drums, clashing cymbals and resounding gongs. It’s believed that both dances bring good luck and fortune to the community.

Xi Wang of the Xi Wang Dance School will perform the Peacock, a popular folk dance of the Dai ethnic group in China expressing good wishes for a happy life. A Qipao Fashion Show will highlight the traditional Chinese dress, made of embroidered silk. A couple trained at the Beijing Opera, Li Qingfeng and Liu Yuxia, will present "Havoc in Heaven” a story depicting how the Monkey King ruined the Emperor of Jade’s Imperial Banquet, stole the Emperor’s Pills of Immortality and defeated the Heavenly Army. The ancient Chinese dramatic art of Face Changing will be performed by the masterful magician Peng Li.

The All Connecticut Chinese Chorus, conducted by Wanjun Qiao, will perform two pieces: the Tibetan song, “Shangri-La” and a song from Inner Mongolian called “Swan Geese.” The chorus members are a blend of faculty, staff, students, and alumni from CCSU and other universities in the state.

Sponsors of the celebration include the Confucius Institute at CCSU, the Chinese American Student Association, Dining Services, Student Affairs, Department of Modern Languages, Department of Music, the East Asian Center, East Asian Studies, International Studies, and Pre- Collegiate and Access Services program.

To learn more about this and other events organized by the Confucius Institute, please go to .

Posted in New Britain Herald, , General News, New Britain on Sunday, 29 January 2017 22:03. Updated: Monday, 30 January 2017 15:52.