Chen Xi Wu Yun 晨曦舞韵 (1990)


last night
bright moon
cold star like water
invite me to stop in tenderness
last night
rain and storm
lightning thunder
want to hold me in panic
child’s inquiry
people’s expectations
can I be silent
shake off reveries and palpitations
step into the sky
let’s move forward together


Production Information

  • Production / Presenting Company:Ipoh Chinese Chin Woo Athletic Association 怡保中国精武体育会
  • Artistic Director / Curator / Programme Coordinator:杜淑琴 Toh Sook Khum, 馬 柯 Ma Ke
  • Date:20 – 21 April 1990
  • Total Showing:2; NB: A total of 10 individual pieces were performed. Below are the dance items.
  • Venue:Wisma Chin Woo 本会礼堂
  • State:Perak

Individual Dance Items

Item #2

  • Title:Min Zu Xiao Pin 民族小品
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    (A) Cang Ying 蒼鹰

    Cang Ying is a Chinese Mongol ethnic dance. Mongolian dance has always been known for its boldness and roughness, especially “shake shoulders” is an indispensable movement of Mongolian dance.


    (B) Shan Zi 扇子

    Shan Zi is a Chinese Han ethnic dance. Han dance is meticulous and varied. At the same time, this fan dance is based on the combination of “Dong Bei Yang Ge” (North East Yang Ge).


    (C) Xiao Yu Er 小魚兒

    This is a Chinese Dai ethnic dance. Dai people are staying close to the border of Thailand. Their dance styles are somewhat similar to Thai dances. At the same time, they love nature. In their dance, they use natural flowers, fish, birds, etc as the main theme of the dance. The movements often give people a sense of relaxation, softness and leisure.


  • Category:Chinese folk dances, Mongolian dance, Chinese Han ethnic dance, Yang Ge, fan dance, Chinese Dai ethnic dance

Item #3

  • Title:Xiu Wu 袖 舞
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    Sleeve dance uses throwing, tossing, dragging and scalping of sleeve to present the entire dance movements.


  • Category:Chinese dance, sleeve dance

Item #4

  • Title:Zang Hua 葬花
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    The burial of flowers is based on a section of the Qing Dynasty novel Dream of the Red Chamber, describing Lin Dai Yu, who couldn’t bear to see the falling flowers, so she buried them one by one. This also reflects how insignificant and helpless women were in the feudal era.


  • Category:Chinese dance, dance drama

Item #5

  • Title:Zu Xun 祖訓
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    This is a dance drama, depicting the era of the early Republic of China. The two brothers crossed the ocean and came south. They went through all kinds of hardships, the elder brothers finally took root here, however the younger brother was lazy so only end up on the streets. The elder brother had no choice but help his young brother, as he deeply believe in the ancestral mottos. Finally, the two brothers work together to help the next generation.


  • Category:Hua Zu Wu, dance drama

Item #6

  • Title:Rong Yi 戎衣
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    “On the battlefield to conquer the guests, the cold and bitterness are like sleep,
    The battle robe is hand-made, who knows who is going to do it?
    Deliberately add more lines, more affectionate,
    This life is over, and the next life will be re-formed. ”

    This was during the reign of Emperor Xuan Zong of the Tang Dynasty. In a cold clothing sent to the frontier, a soldier suddenly found this little poem, and the soldier shown it to the chief, the chief was also deeply moved. In the end, the incident reached the emperor’s ears, and the emperor ordered a thorough investigation. There was a maid who claimed to be dead, begging the emperor to renounce her sin. In the end, the emperor not only forgave her, but also betrothed her to the soldier.



  • Category:Chinese dance, dance drama

Item #7

  • Title:Xiao Bai Chuan 小白船
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    This is a Korean children’s dance. In these children’s dances, we can see the innocence of childhood.


  • Category:Chinese dance, Korean dance, children dance

Item #8

  • Title:Yan Qiu 雁邱
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    This dance drama is based on the work of Ruan Hao Wen, a poet from Yuan Dynasty. One day when he was wandering on the mountains and along the water, he saw a hunter shoot a goose with a bow. Once the hunter got one down, the other goose crowed in the air, flew and hit the tree and died. Hao Wen was inspired by wild geese’s loyalty hence he bought the pair, buried them in the soil, and erected a monument on it, called “Yan Qiu“.


  • Category:Chinese dance, dance drama

Item #9

  • Title:Xiu 绣
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    Embroidery dance describes the feelings of a girl to be married, happy but afraid to show it, yearning and embarrassed.


  • Category:Hua Zu Wu, Chinese dance

Item #10

  • Title:Ying Shen 迎神
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    In ancient times, people thought that there was a god manipulating everything in nature. Therefore, all hopes in life were placed on the gods. This Ying Shen is based on this subject and expresses the devotion to welcome the gods using contemporary dance.


  • Category:Hua Zu Wu, Chinese dance


  • Lighting Designer:周木坤,黄兆基
  • Set Designer:馬健浩,賴金良,宋志成,李振銀(主任)
  • Production Crew:[Front of House] 前台主任:羅浩霖 Loh Hoo Lum; [Back Stage] 后台主任:伍福祥
  • Producer:[Production Chairman] 大會主席:拿督黄赞財局紳,副主席:黃枝成 [Committee Chairman] 工委會主席:准拿督黄保生局紳,副主席:祝慶和
  • Stage Manager:黄泰興
  • Publicist:劉道南
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