Saturday, January 31, 2009

Lion Dance performance by Kun Seng Keng

Here's another stunning lion dance performance that we caught in the shopping mall on Chinese New Year. This time the lion dance was performed by the Lion Dance World Champion, the Kun Seng Keng Lion Dance troupe. It isn't the first time we've watched a performance by Kun Seng Keng but they have never failed to entrall us each time.
The performance was stunning, even jaw-dropping at times. At such performances you can almost hear the crowd hold their breaths, then letting out a collective "phew" when it's over. The lion dancers were extremely agile with their footwork and jumps.As with tradition, at the end of the lion dance, mandarin oranges are placed on a tray for the lions to "peel" then handed over to the Manager of the shopping mall to signify prosperity to the mall. As you can see from the photos below, the mall is packed with spectators during the performance. Lion dances are so very much a part of Chinese New Year and people throng malls (or any place actually) with such performances.

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