Sunday, November 14, 2010

Yanshoa Light Show 印象刘三姐

Impression, Liu Sanjie, which opened in August 2003 at the Li River, Guangxi province; was directed by Zhang Yimou(张艺谋), born November 14, 1950 or 1951, who is a Chinese film director, producer, writer and actor, and former cinematographer. Zhang Yimou was chosen to direct the Beijing portion of the closing ceremonies of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, alongside co-director and choreographer Zhang Jigang.

Zhang has won numerous awards and recognitions, with Best Foreign Film nominations for Ju Dou in 1990 and Raise the Red Lantern in 1991, Silver Lion and Golden Lion prizes at the Venice Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival

In 1998, he directed an acclaimed version of Puccini's opera Turandot, firstly in Florence and then later at the Forbidden City, Beijing, with Zubin Mehta conducting.[32] He reprised his version of Turandot in October 2009, at the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing, and plans to tour with the production in Europe, Asia and Australia in 2010.

In May 24, 2010, Zhang was awarded a Doctor of Fine Arts degree by Yale University, and was described as "a genius with camera and choreography."

Impression, Liu Sanjie,is one of the outdoor folk musicals Impression series directed by Zhang Yimou. Impression Lijiang, in June 2006 at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Lijiang, Yunnan province; Impression West Lake, in late 2007 at the West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province; Impression Hainan in late 2009, set in Hainan province; and Impression Dahongpao set on Mount Wuyi, in Fujian province. All five performances were co-directed by Wang Chaoge and Fan Yue.

Impression Liu Sanjie(印象刘三姐)is a popular extravaganza performed outdoors in a river and mountain setting with a cast of 600 singers and dancers, performed at Li River, Yangshuo, Guangxi near Guilin. Liu Sanjie, literally means the 3rd sister of Liu family, was a famous legendary Song Dynasty folk singer of China, famous for her beautiful voice in singing San Ge(山歌).

In the 1960s, a musical movie was made of her story in music. Liu San Jie (刘三姐) was a hit, and the legendary singer became popular and famous in Asia, among the Chinese community.

Liu San Jie (刘三姐) is famous for the San Ge or Mountain songs(山歌), a type of folk song sing in the mountain.

Liu San Jie was reported born in Yizhou(宜州). Yizhou is a county level city located in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, in the southern part of the People's Republic of China. It formerly was known as "Yishan" (宜山).Yizhou is located in the northwest of Guangxi province on the Long Jiang in an area noted for its magificant karst formations. The limestone karst formations dot the city and surrounding country and beautiful rivers cut through the landscape. The city of Yizhou has several hundred thousand inhabitants. The surrounding country side is home to a number of ethnic Zhuang villages. The economy is centered on sugar production. Located near Yizhou is a British-Chinese jointly run sugar processing plant. The country side surrounding Yizhou is similar in appearance to the tourist Mecca Yangshuo, located in the east of Guangxi province.

The people of Yizhou believe that Liu San Jie was born there and a statue of her is in the city center. The home of Liu Sanjie(刘三姐故居) is located at Chengzhong East Road(城中东路), Yizhou(宜州), Hechi(河池市),Guangxi(广西壮族自治区).

Liu San Jie is not of Hakka people, as some believed; the Hakka are famous for mountain folk song(客家山歌). But she is of Zhuang people(壮族).

Yizhou even have Song festival for Liu San Jie, the first festival(2010广西宜州首届刘三姐文化旅游节)was held from 10th September to 13th September 2010.

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