A spectacle, inspired by the art of Chinese culture running through a remarkable history of thousands of years, was presented for the first time in Greece in November.
The “Millennium Meeting” was staged in Pallas Theater in Athens in the context of Cultural Exchanges on the Silk Road.
The magic and mystery of the Chinese culture were brought to life by leading artists of China’s national cultural institutions in a performance which included choreography, melodies by ancient musical instruments, songs and classic figures in Chinese culture. Many of the choreographies were inspired by murals and statues.
The spectacle included among others a performance by artists playing percussion instruments and drums and group dances by dancers who introduced the audience to the world of fairies on the moon, ethnic Mongolian folk songs, a representation of a traditional ethnic wedding and a song dedicated to the beautiful jasmine, a flower beloved both in China and Greece.
“It was very nice, very impressive, the costumes and the music, I really liked it. We would love to see a lot of Chinese shows here in Greece, because Chinese culture is very different from ours in music, costumes and expression. It is always impressive and nice to see different things. I think there are similarities between Chinese and Greek culture,” audience member Evi Athanasiou told Xinhua.
Also, in the context of the promotion of the ancient Silk Road, a documentary on the region of Xinjiang was screened in Athens at cinema Ideal and in Thessaloniki at Kolossaion theater.
The documentary Xinjiang Story follows the seasons from spring back to spring chronologically and is composed of stories of several characters from different regions and of different ethnic groups.
It faithfully reflects the daily life and emotions of the local people and focuses on the peaceful coexistence between humans and nature, among humans, and between humans and animals, revealing locals’ persistent pursuit of their dreams and a good life, their love for their motherland, and the continuation of cultures and traditions.
Xinjiang, an autonomous territory in northwest China, is a vast region of deserts and mountains. It’s home to many ethnic minority groups, including the Turkic Uyghur people. The ancient Silk Road trade route linking China and the Middle East passed through Xinjiang, a legacy that can be seen in the traditional open-air bazaars of its oasis cities, Hotan and Kashgar.