On Sunday, January 29, 2017, the Winchester School of Chinese Culture, Chinese American Network of Winchester, and Winchester Multicultural Network, will co-host a program of over twenty-three traditional, classical and contemporary performances to celebrate the 2017 Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rooster. The event will take place at the Winchester High School, 80 Skillings Road, from 10 am to 12:30 pm followed by lunch in the Winchester High School cafeteria. Lunch boxes from Taipei Gourmet and raffle tickets will be available for purchase.
The performances will include: Traditional Folk Dance • Lion Dance • Classical Chinese instrumental Music • Peking Opera • Ancient Art of Instant Face-Mask Change Change • Children and Seniors Chorus • Magic Show • Martial Arts • Acrobatics, to name a few.
The Lion Dance, said to chase away evil spirits and usher in happiness, longevity, and good luck for the new year, will be performed by the only all-women Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe in the U.S. Based in Boston, the troupe, Gund Kwok, was established in February of 1998 to give Asian women an opportunity to express their creativity, power and strength through performing these dances. “Gund kwok” means “heroine” in Chinese.
The art of Instant Face-Mask Change is a 300-year old tradition set within Chinese Sichuan opera that began during the reign of the Qing Dynasty Emperor Qianlong (1736-1795). The focus of the art is to represent mood and emotion as an actor performs; blacks and reds represent anger and fury while blues represent calmness. A closely guarded secret, very few people have been taught this art, Biàn Liǎn. and it has mainly continued via lineage, although it is noted there are a few people outside of China who can perform this skill. “Face-changing is a kind of magic,” says one modern day master of the art who can slip off his masks within a fraction of a second. The beauty of the art, he says, lies in its secrecy. “What is amazing about face changing is its mystery. Through performance and movements, performers are in effect playing with magic.”
Winchester School of Chinese Culture
Winchester School of Chinese Culture’s mission is to teach the language and traditional culture of China through classroom instructions, the arts, and cultural events and to promote and engage in cultural exchanges and civic activities to develop and sustain community-school partnerships.
Chinese American Network of Winchester (CAN-Win)
The Chinese American Network of Winchester (CAN-Win) is a non-profit and non-partisan community organization for Chinese Americans in the Town of Winchester, MA. Founded in 2016, CAN-Win aims to preserve and promote Chinese culture and heritage, enhance neighborhood integration, strengthen engagement in community affairs, and advocate common interests in important social, cultural, and political issues.
Winchester Multicultural Network
The Network’s mission is to promote the recognition, understanding, and appreciation of diversity; advocate for each and every person’s civil rights; and to confront intolerance. We believe that multiculturalism is the process of moving beyond tolerance toward the embrace and celebration of the diversity in our community. Join us in building a community that is nourished by the richness of our differences, perspectives, experiences, and talents.