January 14, 2013

AULA to Co-Present a Celebratory Chinese New Year Performance

Chinese Music, Kung Fu and Theater Performance Brings Ancient Cultural Treasures to Culver City in Honor of the Year of the Snake

Culver City, CA– January 14, 2013 Antioch University Los Angeles (AULA) in partnership with The China Cultural Ministry, Henan Provincial Government and SIAS International University of Xinzheng, China, present a performance by the Huaxia Orchestra from Henan Museum of China and the Shaolin Temple Kung Fu Team. The show combines music, musical theater, and martial arts to share ancient history and cultural traditions rarely seen outside of China. The performance will take place on Sunday, January, 27 at 2:00 p.m. at the Kirk Douglas Theater at 9820 Washington Boulevard, Downtown Culver City, CA 90232. All net proceeds from this event go towards AULA Student Scholarships.

Founded in 2000, with one of the oldest collections in China, the Huaxia Museum is engaged in the protection, research, development and exhibition of ancient Chinese music. Instruments used in the performance, such as the bone flute and chime bells, will be replicas of actual instruments unearthed from ancient tombs. The music that will be performed has been orchestrated by Chinese music history experts and is based on actual ancient music scores. The costumes that will be worn by the performers are authentic reproductions from clothing found in the tombs of ancient musicians.

More than 20 performers, aged 14 to 45, are included in this delegation from the Henan Museum and the Shaolin Temple. Culver City is last stop on the troupe’s U.S. tour and the only performance in Southern California. The tour also included a performance in Northern California, one in the Midwest, and two in Oregon at Oregon State University in Corvallis and Southern Oregon University in Ashland.

General Admission tickets are $25.00 and include access to the post-performance VIP reception. For more information on the event or to purchase tickets visit www.antiochla.edu/China. Free parking is available behind the Theater.

The program will be a narrated, music performance and presentation of instruments, showing ancient Chinese music over different periods, from prehistoric times through the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 A.D.) Members of the Shaolin Temple Kung Fu Team, from the city of Henan, will demonstrate a variety of martial arts and ancient weapons. It will also feature a musical play about the Chinese Lantern Festival. This festival, which has been taking place annually for more than 2,000 years, is held on the first full moon day of the New Year. Also known as “Chinese Valentine’s Day,” it is a festival of flowers, lanterns and love. The performers will invite audience participation for the “Guessing Game,” which is part of the Chinese Lantern Festival tradition. To finish the performance, the Shaolin Temple Kung Fu Team will again demonstrate martial arts and ancient weapons.

Sias International University is a private college affiliated to Zhengzhou University in Henan Province, People’s Republic of China. It is located in the ancient city of Xinzheng, near Henan’s capital, Zhengzhou.

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