Chinese New Year visits Kolding in full force

She is slender, but strong. She swings herself powerfully up onto the shoulders of her dance partner, and, once she’s found her balance, pushes all the way up onto the tips of her toes, before raising her other leg vertically into the air.

Throughout this performance during the Chinese Happy Spring Festival Artistic Music Performance at Comwell, Kolding, on Thursday 16th January 2020, the audience found themselves collectively holding their breath - before breaking into rapturous applause.

The event was staged through a collaboration between IBA Confucius Institute, the Chinese Embassy, and Shenzhen Opera and Dance Theatre Company.

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Over 1,000 people had received a complimentary ticket to the colourful Chinese New Year show, which was carried out by the troupe from Shenzhen, one of the China’s southernmost cities. The artists, who encompass acrobatics, songs, dance, ballet, music and more, have spent the last couple of years touring their shows around the world. Within Denmark, they had five other towns on their touring schedule in addition to Kolding.

Acrobatics and ballet, in elegant combination. With impressive ease, the male dancer lofted his partner gracefully around him, at IBA Confucius Institute’s large New Year show at Comwell in Kolding.

The mood was set by the red paper lanterns hung around the large auditorium; and the audience were right behind the performers and artists from start to finish. They were treated to solo musical performances on the Guzheng instrument, and large dance numbers featuring the agile dancers dressed in glitter and silks.

Somewhere in one of the rows sat Allan Tao Bruun, who is married to a Chinese lady. The family, including their two boys, always holds Chinese New Year on 24th January, and it is always a great occasion.

- The Chinese really get the most out of their New Year. It is a big thing, and great fun to be a part of, explains 47-year old Allan.

President of IBA Niels Egelund, welcoming over a thousand expectant audience members to the Chinese New Year show.

After 70 minutes of powerhouse performance coming from the stage, the performers earned yet another huge round of applause. The ballerina, 31-year old Li Yuanyuan, thought it was fantastic to perform in Kolding. She has danced in public since she was four years old, and these days is a professional dancer.

- I think it’s been great to show Kolding that Chinese New Year feeling, said Li, who is looking forward to travelling home to China to properly celebrate the event.

The New Year show was a collaboration between IBA Confucius Institute, the Chinese Embassy, and the Shenzhen Opera and Dance Theatre Company.

There are 56 officially recognized ethnic groups in China - including the Dai people, who are sometimes known as the ‘water-like people’. This dance is called ‘Dai’s daughter and Dai’s rain.’

Children and adults alike had fun in small workshop sessions, where they could try their hand at making their own Chinese paper cuttings and tying Chinese knots.

The New Year show was staged via a collaboration between IBA Confucius Institute, the Chinese Embassy, and Shenzhen Opera and Dance Theatre. Pictured here is Mayor of Kolding Jørn Pedersen, with IBA’s Chairman of the Board and a representative from the Chinese Embassy in Denmark.

Over a thousand people gathered to see IBA Confucius Institute’s Chinese New Year show, at Comwell in Kolding. The purpose of the Confucius Institute is to encourage greater understanding and friendship between Denmark and China.

Over a thousand children and adults gathered excitedly at IBA Confucius Institute’s Chinese New Year show at Comwell, Kolding.

Graceful female dancers from the Shenzhen Opera and Dance Theatre Company.

Classic Chinese dance, blended with Chinese martial arts.

Among the guests were the couple pictured, who had got married earlier that day! He is Danish and she is Chinese, so the evening’s entertainment at the Chinese New Year show was a perfect fit for the newly-married couple and their family.

Shenzen Opera and Dance Theatre Company are a troupe consisting of acrobats, singers, dancers, ballet dancers, musicians and performers, who have spent the last couple of years touring their shows around the world.

The audience witnessed four acrobatic dancers, inspired by the Teracotta Army of Xi’an, China, perform an impressive dance, complete with wild jumps and shouting.

Wei Zhang was one of the many who came along to the big Chinese New Year show at Comwell, along with her husband and two sons. Here she is pictured with their eldest son, who is nine.

The New Year show was made possible through a collaboration between IBA Confucius Institute, the Chinese Embassy, and Shenzhen Opera and Dance Theatre. The purpose of Confucius Institute is to strengthen educational and business cooperation between China and Denmark.

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  • Ildikó Antal
    Ildikó Antal
    Director, IBA International & Confucius Institute