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Wulin Hanyun Performance Warmed Up Regina On A Late Autumn Afternoon

As one of the well-known symbols of Chinese traditional culture, Chinese martial arts have long been highly praised and loved by people all over the world. In October, the Confucius Institute at the University of Regina (URCI) presented a Chinese martial arts performance—Wulin Hanyun to the community of Regina with the support of the Confucius Institute Headquarters and Henan Hanban. As an innovator and successful practitioner of the Chinese martial arts, the performing troupe infused Chinese classical dance and folk music with traditional Chinese Kung Fu. About 500 local residents experienced the mysterious glamour of Chinese Kung Fu and the profoundness of Chinese culture.

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The Wulin Hanyun cultural performance tour is a signature project of Hanban’s Shaolin Wushu Base for Chinese language and culture international promotion. As a highlight of the 2019 Confucius Institute Day celebration activities, the Wulin Hanyun troupe launched a two-week performance tour from September 27th to October 10th in five cities across Canada, including Vancouver, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina and Quebec City. The troupe members, who are teachers and students from Songshan Shaolin Wushu Vocational Institute, Zhengzhou University, Henan University and Henan Normal University perfectly showcased the unique charm of Chinese Kung Fu and folk music.

The themed performance followed a story of a young man’s experience of learning Chinese martial arts and pursuing of the spirit of Zen. The audience were able to learn about various Chinese Kung Fu styles and movements, such as the silky-flowing and exquisite Zen Boxing, the forceful and vigorous swordplay and the elegant and graceful Taichi boxing. The proficient use of the eighteen different Shaolin Weapons won thunderous applause from the audience. Also making the show a success is the addition of Chinese folk music and classical dance.No matter the melodious Dizi (flute) or the enchanting Erhu, or the captivating Guzheng, they all struck a chord with the audience and were highly acclaimed.

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On behalf of the University of Regina, the Vice-President, Kathy McNutt, congratulated on the success of this performance. A local television station, CTV, also delivered a special report on the performance.

While in Regina the troupe also conducted two interactive workshops to about 200 teachers and students from the local Prairie Sky Elementary School and the University of Regina. The smooth movement changes from leaping, jumping, spinning to kicking, flipping held the attention of the audience, causing outburst of cheers. The lively Kung Fu animal performances left the audience itching to try their abilities during the interactive session, which was full of fun and laughter.

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