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《谈论百老汇》:神韵晚会果然光彩万千(图)

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《谈论百老汇》近日刊登评论家Richard Connema对华人新年晚会的评论。观看过二千多场百老汇演出的Richard认为,新年晚会自始至终都是赏心悦目的视觉享受。节目的音乐有的细致婉 转,有的生机勃勃。悦目宜人的三维投影令人惊叹。在一幕场景中,烽火台上烟火连天的景象如此逼真;在另一幕中,佛的手印奇妙无比。他说:“这是我多年以来 看到的最棒的天幕!”

 


新唐人电视台在欧菲姆剧院献上了华人新年晚会

《谈 论百老汇》(Talkin' Broadway)是评论百老汇戏剧、查找百老汇演出、了解剧院消息的网上专业媒体。作者Richard Connema在二战时,是一名战地摄影师,拍摄过美军占领、飞虎队在中国的情况。后在华纳(Warner Bros)和派拉蒙(Paramount)电影公司任助理摄影师。他是彻头彻尾的百老汇剧爱好者,多年来几乎看了二千多场明星上演的百老汇剧目。

Richard 写道:新唐人电视台是一家独立的、非营利华语电视台。最近,新唐人电视台在(旧金山)欧菲姆剧院(Orpheum Theatre)献上了华人新年晚会,在当地仅演出了四天时间。打动人心的舞蹈演员、传统的服饰和介绍中国神话传说、历史人物及事件的舞蹈短剧共同汇成了 这场一流水准的演出。感人至深的表演在两小时的节目中展现了中国五千年的历史和传统。

整场晚会自始至终都是赏心悦目的视觉享受。演出一开 始,映入观众眼帘的是传统风格的舞蹈演员装扮成天使的形象穿梭飞旋于舞台之上,如同在云雾腾腾的舞台上漂浮着前行。背景天幕上中国(古老)建筑的投影适时 变换着形态,许多场景看上去简直是三维立体的景象。串场报幕的文凯利甜美可爱,她的搭档唐瑞(Jared Madsen)中英文都非常流利,俩人向观众介绍每个节目中所讲述的中国历史和传奇故事。

的演员不仅要接受跳跃、旋转、翻筋斗的技巧训练和难度较高的杂技技巧训练,而且还必须神形兼备,通过心灵和身段的表演使内心和外形熔为一体。

舞台上经常出现相当复杂而错落有致的场景,例如在中国神话《嫦娥奔月》中,舞台上的演员美好可爱,背景天幕上的动画布景令人称奇。舞蹈《大清仕女》同样是一幅令人神往的画面,演员们踩着满族宫廷女子穿的高底鞋轻移碎步。

蒙 古《顶碗舞》也是多姿多彩的节目中的一出,演员们头顶着“奶酪”碗小心翼翼的保持平衡。在另一个蒙古族舞蹈《筷子舞》中,由三十五名音乐家组成的现场管弦 乐队演奏出生龙活虎的音乐,英姿飒爽的小伙子们和着音乐的节拍表演令人叫绝的空手筋斗和侧身翻。舞蹈《水袖》令人陶醉,演员们长长的水袖如流水般飘荡,宛 若凌波仙子。

《万王下世》是一个辉煌的节目,男演员们与天幕上的仙人对拜行礼,而天幕上的仙人简直是栩栩如生。长着双翅的(天)马忽然瞬间而至,好象立刻就要飞越过整个舞台。

上半场的最后一个节目是《大唐鼓吏》,台上有那么多的鼓手在击鼓,整个剧院都被震撼了。

新唐人的华人新年晚会还上演了两个声援法轮功的精彩剧目。法轮功也称法轮大法,是一九九二年在中国公开传出的一种性命双修的修炼体系。中共政权取缔了法轮功,而且还攻击这场演出。

在其中一个剧目中,男演员身着黑色制服,背后带有共产主义的标记--镰刀斧头。他们凶残地围殴三位修炼法轮功的女学员。另一个剧目中,年轻的男女演员们优雅的舞动着胳膊,迈着经典的舞步,向共产党徒挑战并击退镇压者,赢得胜利,真是美好至极。

男高音洪鸣、男中音曲乐和能唱到灿烂高音阶的女高音黄碧如穿插在精美的舞蹈之中为大家演唱。

新 唐人的华人新年晚会由六十五位杰出的舞蹈演员、特技演员和歌唱家登台献艺。由指挥陈汝棠带队的三十五位音乐家组成的管弦乐队以中西乐器合璧的方式演奏经典 乐曲以及由作曲家谈骏毅、玄同和邓裕作曲的中国音乐。(不同节目的)音乐风格各异,有的细致婉转,有的生机勃勃。演员的服饰色彩绚丽,悦目宜人(在节目单 上和记者招待会上都没有提到服装设计师的名字)。谢佩蓉和韩盈担负的三维投影令人惊叹。在一幕场景中,烽火台上烟火连天的景象如此逼真;在另一幕中,佛的 手印奇妙无比。这是我多年以来看到的最棒的投影!

新唐人电视台带来的节日演出大有与无线电音乐城圣诞演出媲美之势。演员们将在二零零八年二月初在无线电音乐城上演十五场演出。

来源:明慧网二零零八年二月九日文章

原版报道:

Chinese New Year Spectacular is Truly Spectacular.

Chinese Spectacular

The NewTang Television, an independent, non-profit Chinese-language TV broadcast company, recently presented Chinese New Year Spectacular at the Orpheum Theatre for only four days. This state of the art show contains captivating dancers, traditional costumes and mini-dance drama with narratives about Chinese legends and historical characters and events. The impressive production covers 5000 years of Chinese history and tradition in two hours with one intermission.

The production is a vision of loveliness, from the very first moment as the audience sees stylized dancers scurrying about the stage dressed as angels that look as if they are floating over a smoke-filled stage.  There are projected scenes of Chinese landscapes that change; in many scenes, they look almost three-dimensional. Throughout the whole production is a delightful Chinese narrator named Kelly Wen and her American male counterpart Jared Madsen who is bilingual; they introduce each scene depicting Chinese history and legend.

Chinese classical dancers are trained in technical elements such as jumps, turns, tumbling and challenging acrobatic techniques. They have both form and spirit, using the mind and the body, unifying internal and external.

There are many highly structured scenes which include Chinese legends like "Lady of the Moon" with lovely dancers and amazing animated scenes on a large scrim in back of the stage. A charming scene, "The Ladies of the Manchu Court," utilizes tiny steps in raised shoes that the Manchu women wore at the court.  The diverse program also has the robust "Mongolian Bowl Dance" with bowls of "cheese" ever so carefully balanced on the dancers' heads. They look like the Chinese Rockettes in their dance movements. Another Mongolian dance scene is "Chopstick Zest" in which vigorous male dancers perform astounding airborne barrel turns and cartwheels to lively music from the thirty-five member orchestra.  "Water Sleeves" is a charming number with dancers costumed with long blue sleeves flowing, looking like water nymphs.

"Descent of the Celestial Kings" is spectacular with male dancers exchanging greetings with immortal beings on a scrim that looks almost real. Winged horses suddenly appear on the projection and they look as if they will fly across the stage. The first act ends with "Drummers of the Tang Court" which has an overabundance of drums that rock the house.

Chinese New Year Spectacular also makes a political statement in two excellent dramatic scenes on behalf of the Falun Gong or Falun Dafa which is a system of mind and body cultivation that was introduced to the public in China in 1992.  The movement has been banned by the Communist Chinese government and the Chinese government has denounced this production.

One scene shows male dancers in black outfits with the Communist hammer and sickle on their backs, rounding up three women who are practicing Falun Gong, and beating them mercilessly. The other scene is beautifully accomplished with young male and female dancers with graceful arms and Russian classical toe steps challenging the same Communist dancers and this time winning over their oppressors.

Interspersed with the elaborate dance scenes are tenor Hong Ming, baritone Qu Yue and Pi-ju Huang, a soprano with an astonishing range.

Chinese New Year Spectacular has 65 wonderful dancers, acrobats and singers. The are accompanied by a 35-piece orchestra under the direction of Rutang Chen playing a mixture of classical and Chinese music composers Junyi Tan, Xuan Tong and Yu Deng. The melodies run from delicate to dynamic. The costumes are brilliantly colored authentic dress that delights the eye (the costumer is not listed in the program or in the press release).  The projections by Peijong Hsieh and Ying Han are amazingly three dimensional.  In one scene we see Chinese castles and forts on fire that are very lifelike and in another, many Buddha type gods do wonderful hand movements.  They are the best projections I have seen in a very long time.

Tang Dynasty will be presenting a holiday show in a bid to become more direct competition for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. They have expanded to play 15 performances at Radio City in early February 2008.

Chinese New Year Spectacular played from January 23rd thru 26th at the Orpheum Theatre.

Photo courtesy of NewTang Dynasty TV
- Richard Connema

from http://www.talkinbroadway.com/regional/sanfran/s949.html

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