Feb 10 - Happy Chinese New Year!

A bunch of us decided to go to the Chinese New Year opening celebrations held in Phuket Town. The crews of Migration, Rhythm, Imagine, Liberte, Ocelot and Infini enjoyed a wonderful program of acrobats from Henan, China along with a magician, a performer doing the Chinese Mask Dance (the audience was really wowed with this dance, called bian lian, and I thought I'd add this description from Wikipedia: "Bian Lian; literally "Face-Changing" is an ancient Chinese dramatic art that is part of the more general Sichuan opera. Performers wear brightly colored costumes and move to quick, dramatic music. They also wear vividly colored masks, typically depicting well known characters from the opera, which they change from one face to another almost instantaneously with the swipe of a fan, a movement of the head, or wave of the hand.") The large audience was then treated to a most impressive fireworks display. Set up just outside the stage and seating area, food stalls served a delicious variety of foods at very affordable prices. Of note, it was also David's (sv Rhythm) birthday, which we duly noted and celebrated, so all in all, it was a very enjoyable evening and we think we greeted the Year of the Water Snake in appropriate fashion! (We didn't stay for the loud 'rap techno style' music after....it was past our bedtime!)

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