Who can be the king of lion dance? From May 1st to May 2nd, the 13th "Wong Feihong Cup" National Lion Dance Competition and Above-water Lion Dance Challenge in 2021 will be held in Tianhu Park, Xiqiao Mountain.
There are six events this year. Apart from the Southern Lion Dance on high stakes, Above-water Lion Dance, and Northern Lion Dance, 3 new ones are added, i.e., Dragon Dance Speed Racing, Dragon Dance Steeplechase Racing and Traditional Southern Lion Dance.
Dragon dance speed racing & steeplechase racing debuted!
Performers who join Southern Lion Dance on High Stakes use incredibly difficult stunts, which is originated from Southern martial arts. They fly or jump on the stakes to bring alive the suspicious while mighty “lion”. Moreover, at the end of the performance, dance lion will “catch the greens” in seek of good luck, wowing the audience.
Northern Lion Dance focuses more on integrating dance and music. The “lions” fall, tumble, jump, scratch, roll balls, cross the springboard and go upstairs, bringing much entertainment and pleasure to audience.
Dragon Dance Speed Racing requires dragon dance teams to complete certain poses and movements as quickly as they can.
As for Dragon Dance Steeplechase Racing, contestants will be asked to bypass all the obstacles set up in the venue through movements including swimming, crossing, and passing.
Traditional Southern Lion dance competition adopts rules and standards from international dragon and lion dance competition as formulated in 2011, for example, each performance should last for 7-10 minutes. Additionally, a big-head Buddha figure must be included in a traditional Southern Lion dances. Each team should play out their story with not only a set of choreographies, but also strong interaction, in-sync performance, unique artistic style and expressions.
Exciting lion dance game over water!
Above-water lion dance is a high-profile sport originated in Xiqiao Mountain, the most difficult and exciting item among other events. There are 82 stakes set in water and the whole set is arranged in a double-stake layout. At the beginning of competition, two lion teams will stand on stakes from different sides. After performing their stunts and acrobatics in prescribed amount of time, two lions will jump into the challenge arena to fight and beat the opponent into water.
Author | Blair
Revisor | Jessica, Jersey, Eleanor
Photo | Propaganda, Culture and Tourism Office of Xiqiao Town