Lion Dance

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Cai Qing Lion Dance

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The lion dance ground performance is a form of a traditional dance in the Chinese culture and other countries in Asia, of which the performers clad in a lion costume and mimic the movements of the mythical lion, during auspicious occasions, important celebrations and major religious events & festivals especially the lunar new year, which is also known as the Chinese New Year. It is also being performed at special occasions and important celebrations such as business opening events, anniversaries and wedding ceremonies, or even to honour special guests during their arrival at a ceremony.

The lion dance ground performance is completed on the ground as well as on erected poles. These poles are either made of metal or bamboo, and is erected for the lion to perform on it above ground or as a ladder to assist the lion going upwards as part of its performance. 

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The movements of the lion dance ground performance are very much the fundamental movements of the Chinese martial arts or Kungfu. There are two main forms of the lion dance, the Northern lion and the Southern lion. Both forms are commonly found in mainland China. However, the Southern lion predominates the South East Asia as it was spread by the communities who are historically mostly of Chinese who originated from the southern part of China. The Southern lion consists of three types – Hok San, Fut San and Fut Hok. Their differentiations are in the colors and shape of the lion, the movements, and the rhythm and beats of the musical instruments.

The epitome of the lion dance is the plucking of the green performance which is also known as the Cai Qing lion dance, whereby the lion plucks the auspicious green lettuce either hung on a pole or placed on a table. The green is often paired together with a ‘hong bao’ or red envelope containing money, the amount can vary and it’s usually based on the level of difficulties in retrieving the items. Obviously, a much thicker red envelope awaits the lion on the top of a 10-foot pole as compare to those set on a table. Only well trained martial artists could perform the cai qing manoeuvre, as it is very challenging to be able to multi-task with the climbing and balancing the heavy lion head performing acrobatic moves, as well as dancing to the rhythm of the gongs and cymbals.

Preparation for the Lion Dance

Sometimes the offering items prepared for the cai qing lion dance besides the primary lettuce, will include other auspicious fruits with symbolic meanings like mandarin oranges, pineapples and pomelos. The grand finale of the cai qing lion dance is when the lion reaches the green and consumes it, and then spits the lettuce in tiny bits onto the audiences, to symbolize the spread of blessings and good fortune, which is received favourably. The lion dance performance is sometimes accompanied by various characters such as the big head buddha and the God of prosperity. The role of the big head buddha is to lead and tease the lions, which may result in some playful & funny moves.

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Acrobatic Lion Dance
Acrobatic Lion Dance
Cai Qing Lion Dance
Cai Qing Lion Dance
Traditional Lion Dance
Traditional Lion Dance
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24 Festive Drums