Monday, 1 October 2012

2012 Middle Autumn Festival celebration

China Pearl organised an event to celebrate Middle Autumn Festival 2012 on Sunday 30th September as part of Bold Street Festival in Liverpool with dance, Chinese drums, music, singing and poetry performances from both local artists and community as well as participatory workshops in origami, lantern making and drawing.

Despite of the rain, we had about 300 audience all together watching our performances with around 50 people staying for most of the show and 10 people taking part in workshops. They were all very interested in learning more Chinese tradition and culture through our performances and workshops and gave us very positive feedback afterwards.

We had energetic Chinese drums from 24-Festival drum group opening the festival on the day, then on the main stage poetry written and performed by Y6 students from Sandbrook Primary School on the Wirral, a dance piece about the Chinese legend behind Middle Autumn Festival choreographed by Fenfen Huang and performed by Edward Swift, Fenfen Huang, Jack Hazelton, Rachel Baldwin, Daisy Radakovic and Emma Liu, beautiful Chinese harp by Yuxuan Su and celtic harp by Rebecca Sharp, singing by Fenfen Huang and Steve Macfarlane.

Many thanks to City Central Bid, Bold Street Festival, all performers, staff and audience.

Highlights of the show
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 A recount from one of the children who performed poetry at the event

Photos from the event

                                      



Thursday, 30 August 2012

Report of 'Journey to the West' Beijing-London Olympics Handover Celebration

'Journey to the West' Beijing to London Olympics Handover celebration was good success. We would like to thank all the kind and generous support we got from Central Bid, Liverpool PCT, Liverpool Mutual Homes, Chung Wah Supermarket, Clas Ohlson, all the artists, staff and volunteers involved, and also everyone who attended. 

Before the event, we had very good media coverage for the event and featured on Echo, Bay TV, BBC Radio Merseyside and Radio City. 

On the day of the event Sunday 22nd July 2012, the sun was smiling throughout the day in Liverpool.  At Clayton Square at noon, we started the event on time with powerful Chinese drum performance. Then Lord Mayor of Liverpool opened the event for us. The 2-hour full programme went on as we planned smoothly and tightly. It was entertaining, engaging, educational and eclectic. We had performances in Chinese dance, music, martial arts, Break dance, Zumba and Chinese traditional costume catwalk show and participatory workshops in Chinese dance, drums, Taichi, Wushu, break dance and Zumba.  People were very interested in what we were doing and local businesses were pleased that we brought colourful and exciting activities to the area. People came to attend the event from different parts of North West including Liverpool, Manchester and Cheshire; we also had a lot of new audience among the shoppers on the day who stopped with their shopping bags. In total we had roughly 2000 people watching the performances within the two hours with some of them stayed all the way through; we had around 100 people taking part in the workshops. Amazingly the 12-year-old young Lord Mayor of Liverpool Conner was so enthusiastic that he took part in all the workshops. 

We had very positive feedback from the participants and audience saying how much they enjoyed the event. After the event, we had a coverage on Liverpool Echo and also Fenfen did an interview with BBC Radio Great Manchester and FACT. 

Liverpool Echo

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                                   Footage from the event

A selection of photos from the event as below. For more photos please visit http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150961591453339.421206.49603953338&type=3


 

 
                                         
                 
                               Break dance about Kungfu story
     Chinese Traditional Han Tang dance  


Fenfen with Lord Mayor after the event
Thank you!



Monday, 9 July 2012

Journey to the West---Celebrating Beijing to London Olympic Handover






We are organising an event with Chinese cultural and cross-cultural performances and participatory workshops to celebrate the transition from Beijing to London Olympics and the journey of the Olympic torch flame from East to West.

It will be a 2-hour educational, entertaining and engaging programme 12-2pm on the day including:

> performances in Chinese music, dance, martial arts and fashion
> dance and music in fusion Chinese and western styles
> olympic themed performances
> participatory workshops for the public.

There will be a free event for all ages and abilities. Just turn up and join in this event celebrating the forthcoming Olympics, Chinese culture, integration of different communities in British society, and also the bond of friendship between East and West.

The detailed programme will be available at the beginning of July.

This event is sponsored by Liverpool Central Bid, Liverpool PCT and 2020 Health & Wellbeing. 
> performances in Chinese music, dance, martial arts and fashion> dance and music in fusion Chinese and western styles
> olympic themed performances
> participatory workshops for the public.
There will be a free event for all ages and abilities. Just turn up and join in this event celebrating the forthcoming Olympics, Chinese culture, integration of different communities in British society, and also the bond of friendship between East and West.
The detailed programme will be available at the beginning of July.
This event is sponsored by Liverpool Central Bid, Liverpool PCT and 2020 Health & Wellbeing.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

2012 Chinese New Year Chinese dance traineeship

We were very honoured and grateful to receive Co-opearive Membership Community Fund to deliver Chinese dance traineeship. We trained 5 regional young people in Chinese dance and delivered performances and workshops in several community settings in Liverpool during 2012 Chinese New Year.  The 5 trainees are 1 British born Chinese, 1 Mongolian and 3 British Caucasians aged 16 to 25. 

They performed at the Blackie, Toxteth Library, Liverpool World Museum, Liverpool University and 'Spirit of Dragon' Chinese New Year show at Unity Theatre. We delivered workshops at the Sedgemoore Nursing Home, Toxteth Library, Liverpool World Museum, Barlows Primary School Assessment Centre.



China Pearl dance group with Maureen Byrne, Co-operative area committee member 

 The Blackie


 World Museum of Liverpool 

 Liverpool University






Spirit of Dragon 

Sedgemoor Nursing Home


Toxteth Library


World Museum of Liverpool


Barlows Primary School Assessment Centre
'Spirit of Dragon' poster

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Highlights of 'Spirit of Dragon'


Trainees gave feedback as follows:

I liked meeting and working with the other dancers involved in the project. The rehearsals were regular and this allowed us to build strong relationships and become good friends!

The rehearsals where run on a weekly basis and I think this helped all the dancers not only learn the choreography better but understand the meaning of the pieces too.



I really enjoyed being able to perform the pieces at other events not just from the performance at the Unity Theatre. I especially liked performing it at the World Museum and at the Black-E.



I thought helping out in the workshops was great fun and I got to interact with the community outside of performing, helping them explore Chinese dance through props and stimuli’s. 


I thought the location of the rehearsals at the Bluecoat was a convenient location for most people and it was in the heart of the City Centre so it was easy to buy lunch during your break or get the train/bus into town.

Even though we already did other performances such as at the Black-E and World Museum, it would be great to do more to promote the great work of China Pearl, targeting a bigger, larger audience. 


Audience and participants' comments were very positive: 

The dance was very beautiful.

The costumes were great. 

It is very relaxing to watch the dance. 

It is interesting to learn about Chinese culture through dance.

The workshop was such fun, I had a great time. 

I enjoyed it very much, thank you. 


The link of audience's comments for 'Spirit of Dragon': http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150551846208339.381118.49603953338&type=3

Many thanks for your generous support again!




Friday, 27 January 2012

Report of 2012 Chinese Dance performances, workshops and 'Spirit of Dragon'

Considered to be 'Descendants of Dragon', the Year of Dragon is exceptionally significant and special for all the Chinese diaspora. China Pearl wants to share with British audience the essence of Chinese culture, which all the Chinese are proud of,  including history, tradition, literature, philosophy, philosophy and cultural diversion through artistic and creative performances.  Therefore we produced 'Spirit of Dragon' on 11th February 2012 at Unity Theatre, which was sold out success and received very positive feedback: 


Please click here for the comments from the audience: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150551846208339.381118.49603953338&type=1

On the evening there was traditional Chinese music on beautiful Chinese harp, traditional Chinese poetry chanting, Chinese singing, traditional and contemporary Chinese dance, Chinese martial arts and tai chi and break dance.


See below for the highlights from the show:


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Click here for the promotional video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54tzBEaHECY&list=UUfDUUGkzJGX9YpPaR6Opslg&feature=plcp&context=C35b2c9cFDOEgsToPDskILZG5BNnaQFjjO2B046VJL  and the dance rehearsals : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26gHH5MglPM&list=UUfDUUGkzJGX9YpPaR6Opslg&index=2&feature=plcp

The performers included Fang Liu--a Classical Chinese singer who has been performing internationally for over 20 years, Huicong Liu-- British youth Wushu champion, Fenfen Huang--director of China Pearl and also the producer and choreographer of the show, who has been dancing internationally in the past 7 years, Yuxuan Su-a Chinese harpist who has been performing internationally in the past decade, Funky Mental-a local talented break dance group, Wirral Traditional Yang Style Taichi group and China Pearl Chinese dance group. 

China Pearl dance group

Yuxuan Su

Huicong Liu


Fenfen Huang
Fang Liu

This project is supported by BBC Performing Arts Fund, The Co-operative Membership Community Fund, Merseyside Police Authority. 



Director of China Pearl Fenfen Huang said, ' we are very grateful to all the support we have received. We are honoured to be one of the 46 organisations in UK who won BBC Performing Arts Fund and be supported by The Co-operative Membership Community Fund.  It is the third time we have received funding from Merseyside Police Authority since last time. It means a lot for us, as Chinese arts are not celebrated and known as widely as other cultures like African or Indian.  With the funding, we can organise Chinese artistic and creative events to promote Chinese culture which we are very passionate about and proud of. Without their help, the project would not go ahead. At the same time, I feel that China Pearl's work has been recognised and appreciated, which is a really nice thing for us.' 

China Pearl dance group with Maureen Byrne, Co-operative area committee member

We have been working with dancers from different backgrounds for the show, not just Chinese, which we find very rewarding and enjoyable, as we want to share our culture with all communities in UK, impart our knowledge and skills to others and create an opportunity for everyone to celebrate Chinese culture. We will also visit less advantaged groups and give them an opportunity to enjoy and learn about Chinese arts and culture.

Apart from the show, we have also delivered free dance performances and workshops to various communities and will deliver a couple more Liverpool City Centre and to a group of people with learning difficulties special needs. We aim to reach out wider audience and create opportunities for different communities to get access to Chinese dance and culture especially hard to reach groups like elderly people, people from disadvantaged areas and people with special needs. 

On 14th January 2012, we visited Sedgemoore Nursing Home residents who have dementia and received overwhelming response about our performance and workshops. They gave very positive feedback afterwards. The residents, families and staff all enjoyed it very much, took part and had a go with Chinese dance.  


Sedgemoor Nursing Home


We also performed on 22nd January 2012 at the Blackie, which was overwhelmed by audience's positive reception and interest and they learnt that diverse ethnic cultures in China.


(Ethnic minority groups in China from left to right: Urghur, Tibetan, Wa, Mongolian and Korean)


On 29th January 2012 we delivered a dance performance and workshop at World Museum Liverpool and Toxteth Library. We had over 200 people watching the performance and 50 children and adults taking part in the workshop at World Museum, 10 people at Toxteth Library. 
They gave very nice comments in the end with some children writing them themselves: 
It was fantastic. Love Isabelle & Heather
I had a good time. Masie
I loved it. It was very good. 
Beautiful presentation, colourful. kids and adults loved it. 
Brilliant workshop, boys loved it. Great fun!
It was very good. 
Me and my mate really enjoyed it. 
Great performance and a really fun workshops! Thanks!
Loved the workshop and the performance was beautiful. Thanks!

Photos from World Museum







Photos from Toxteth Library







China Pearl also performed two dance pieces at LIverpool Chinese Students & Scholars Association ( LCSSA)'s Year of the Dragon Celebration at Liverpool University with over 1000 people attending the event. 

Photos from LCSSA event






We also visited children in Barlows Primary School Assessment Centre in Fazakerley on Monday 27th February 2012. Fenfen performed a Chinese dance and delivered a dance workshop around half an hour with the children, who enjoyed dancing with ribbons and fans. The teachers commented afterwards: 

"It was very good session. To the children with learning difficulties, the level was just right. They were exceptionally focused in watching and trying the Chinese dance. Thank you very much!"

Photos from Barlows 


On 27th April we performed the trio and a new solo piece from Fenfen Huang accompanied by Chinese harpist Mei Wang as part of If Only event at Bluecoat Arts Centre. 

On 29th April, we performed a group piece at MDI's International Day of Dance twice at Liverpool Central Station.




On 18th May Fenfen performed a solo and delivered a Chinese workshop at 'LIght Night', a city wide arts activities until late night, at the Blackie. 


Comments from participants from Light Night






On 1st June we performed a solo and a group dance for Torch Relay celebration at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, which received very positive feedback from the audience. Here is the comment from Katie Lucas, the coordinator from the cathedral: 

" I just wanted to thank Fenfen and all of the China Pearl dancers who performed on Friday at the Metropolitan Cathedral. Your performances were beautiful and we've had some fabulous feedback. Hope to work with you again soon."






China Pearl was founded by Fenfen Huang in 2007 and registered as Company Limited by Guarantee in June 2011. Our mission is to provide quality arts and culture activities, especially Chinese,  to advance the understanding of Chinese arts and culture to a British audience, promote cultural exchange between communities, and strengthen the bond of friendship between east and west in an educational, entertaining and engaging way. We provide a wide range of Chinese arts and cultural performances, workshops and events for different ages, abilities and needs including dance, music, singing, martial arts, acrobatics, lion dance, calligraphy, language, painting, arts and crafts, lectures on Chinese topics and cultural exchange projects. 

For the profile of China Pearl, please visit www.china-pearl.co.ukFollow us on www.facebook.com/chinapearl and twitter.com/chinapearluk