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纽约时报:五千年中国音乐舞蹈尽在一台晚会中

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2010年8月13日

在这个月来到位于帕切斯市的纽约州立大学表演之前,自今年一月以来,已经巡演世界四大洲的近130个城市,(给观众)展现跨越五千年的中国音乐,舞蹈和民间传说。

然而,这所有的演出城市没有一个在中国。神韵的总部位于纽约,三个演出团的成员大多数是来自世界各地的华裔,节目植根于被中共压制的传统文化。

神 韵于2006年由一群受过中国古典音乐和舞蹈训练的艺术家们创立。利维-布莱德是神韵在威斯特彻斯特郡的促销部经理和新唐人电视台的发言人之一。新唐人电 视台是(这场)神韵晚会在当地的主办单位。他说,“[这些艺术家们]聚到一起,为了承担复兴传统中国文化的使命。他们通过艺术表现方式本身-跳跃,翻腾, 与旋转,并且也通过这些故事[来呈现中国文化]。”

这些故事包括岳飞,一位宋朝的大将军和花木兰,一个女扮男装的女英雄。还有取材于16世纪中国小说‘西游记’的去印度取经的和尚的故事,以及反映现代故事的‘震撼’,一个表现在天安门广场受到迫害的和平示威者的(崇高)精神。

每年神韵都会推出一套全新的节目。在帕切斯的表演艺术中心的两个半小时的演出中,从独奏独唱到大型表演,大约20个节目包括了精美的编舞,原创的音乐,绚丽 的服装,奇妙的道具以及动画天幕。(大约)30位舞蹈演员在舞台上协调一致的步伐(舞姿)重现古老中国的寓言,随后一位音乐家上台演奏二胡,一个有 3500年历史的只有两根弦的乐器。

别的节目还包括歌剧式的演唱,鼓舞及反映藏族、蒙古族及边疆地区的民间(民族)舞。在每个节目之前,两位男女晚会主持人会用中英双语(为大家)简单介绍节目背景信息。

伴奏的交响乐团结合中国乐器,包括琵琶,古筝(有时被称为中国古筝),竹笛与西方乐器。布莱德说,“这是很难做到的,因为[东西方乐器的]音调是如此不同。”

每个节目都配一个数字天幕背景:宫殿,草原,大山,大雪和白云,都是动画制作并和演员的动作协调一致。

“在一个节目中,一名舞蹈演员向空中射箭,在天幕背景中可以看到(箭的)运动,”布莱德说。“在另一个节目中,天幕背景中动态的战斗情景的人物和舞台上的舞蹈演员浑然一体。”

神韵是一个非营利性团体,收入来源于售票和捐款。神韵刚开始时拥有30名舞蹈演员。当2007年的第一季度演出落幕时,32场演出(吸引了)二十万观众前来观看。今年九月在帕切斯的第二场演出是2010年季度的最后一场,本季度观众已超过一百万。

神韵有二百多名演员一年巡回演出7个月,除了获奖的舞蹈家和音乐家外,神韵三个团中每个团都有自己的乐团,节目主持人,服装道具设计人员,天幕和电脑艺术设计者。他们都在位于纽约的神韵总部接受训练,从传统中国(文化)教学中得到启示。

“他们认为要成为伟大的艺术家,仅仅学习高超的技艺是不够的,”布莱德说。“你必须实践某种生活方式。你必须很坚强。你必须冷静。你必须慈悲。你必须拥有内心的宁静。这些品质,无论看不看的见,都会从你身上反映出来,并且人们会感受到。”

神韵艺术团将于8月22日及9月12日的晚上7时在纽约州立大学(SUNY)帕查史学院(Purchase College)表演艺术中心演出,票价78~158美元不等。

英文报道原文:

5,000 Years of Chinese Music and Dance, in One Night

WHEN Shen Yun Performing Arts arrives at the State University of New York at Purchase this month, it will have played on four continents since January, bringing tales spanning five millennia of Chinese music, dance and folklore to nearly 130 cities.

 Yet none of those cities is in China. Shen Yun, whose three touring groups are composed of mostly ethnic Chinese from around the world, is based in New York — and steeped in certain aspects of traditional culture that have been suppressed under China’s Communist regime.

Shen Yun, which translates as Divine Performing Arts, was established in 2006 by a group of artists trained in classical Chinese dance and music. “They came together with the mission of revitalizing traditional Chinese culture,” said Levi Browde, the manager for Shen Yun promotion in Westchester and a spokesman for New Tang Dynasty Television, which is presenting the company at Purchase. “They do this through the art forms themselves — the leaps and tumbles and spins — and through the stories that those art forms tell.”

Those stories include the legends of Yue Fei, the Song dynasty general revered for his loyalty, and Mulan, the heroine who joined the army disguised as a man. There is a retelling of a Buddhist monk’s pilgrimage to India, derived from the 16th-century Chinese novel “Journey to the West,” as well as modern tales like “Astounding Conviction,” focusing on the spirit of a peaceful demonstrator arrested in Tiananmen Square.

 Each year, the company presents an original production. The two-and-a-half-hour show at Purchase’s Performing Arts Center combines elaborate choreography, original compositions, ornate costumes, fanciful props and animated backdrops in about 20 vignettes that range from solo performances to full ensemble acts. Thirty dancers moving in synchronized patterns to re-enact a fable from ancient China may be followed on stage by a lone musician playing the erhu, a two-stringed instrument that dates back 3,500 years.

 Other segments feature operatic singing, drumming and folk dances from Tibet, Mongolia and other border regions. Before each act, two M.C.’s — a man and a woman — present a brief introduction in English and Chinese, with plot summaries and background information.

 The performers are accompanied by an orchestra that combines Chinese instruments, like the stringed pipa, the guzheng (sometimes called the Chinese zither) and the bamboo flute, with Western instruments. “This is technically difficult,” Mr. Browde said, “because the tonalities are so different.”

Every piece is set against a different digital backdrop: scenes of palaces, grasslands, mountains, snowfalls and clouds, all animated and coordinated with the performers’ movements.

 “In one performance, a dancer shoots an arrow into the air, and you see it moving through the background,” Mr. Browde said. “In another, the figures in an animated battle scene interact with the dancers onstage.”

 A nonprofit group supported by ticket sales and donations, Shen Yun began as a single company of 30 dancers. During its inaugural season in 2007, its 32 performances were seen by 200,000 people. The company’s second date at Purchase, in September, will close its 2010 season, which has reached over a million people.

 Shen Yun has more than 200 members who travel and perform seven months a year. In addition to award-winning dancers and musicians, each of the three companies has its own orchestra, choreographers, composers, M.C.’s, costume and set designers, backdrop and computer artists. All are trained at Shen Yun’s headquarters in Cuddebackville, in Orange County, N.Y., taking their cues from traditional Chinese teachings.

 “They believe that to be a phenomenal artist, you can’t just learn phenomenal technique,” Mr. Browde said. “You have to live a certain lifestyle. You have to be strong. You have to be calm. You have to be compassionate. You have to be at peace with yourself. Those qualities, whether visible or not, come through you — and people will feel them.”

Shen Yun Performing Arts, Aug. 22 and Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road. Ticket prices range from $78 to $158; ages 4 and under

not admitted. For more information:
shenyunperformingarts.org. For tickets: artscenter.org or (914) 251-6200.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/15/nyregion/15dancewe.html

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