LION DANCE & PERCUSSION

Chinese lion dance

Traditional chinese lion dance of Wu-family tradition from Guanguzhou

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CULTURAL IMPORTANCE

AN ANCIENT TRADITION

Lucky charm for every occasion

The Chinese lion dance is there for every conceivable occasion. It is always the highlight of an event that all spectators look forward to. Whether Chinese New Year, a wedding, opening a new business or for an anniversary, the lion dance is one of them and is said to bring happiness and prosperity.

But the last journey of great martial arts masters was accompanied in a slow funeral procession by special lions and carried drum music.

There are many myths and legends about the origins of the Chinese lion dance. Popular narratives are that villagers with a lion costume chased away an ominous monster, or that an disobedient lion was banished from heaven by the Jade Emperor and sent to earth as a punishment. However, there are also historical events that could have contributed to the development of the Chinese lion dance. It is often said that a Persian king brought two lions as gifts to the Chinese emperor or that the common people wanted to use the lion dance to signal the revolution against the Qing dynasty.

Whether myths & legends or historical events, the Chinese lion dance has accompanied Chinese culture for a long time and still inspires all people worldwide.

REGIONAL DIFFERENCES

NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN LIONS

Traditional Futsan-Liondance

The Chinese lion dance is divided into two main types, the northern and southern lions. The northern lion dance is more or less the acrobatic or circus lion dance. This is very different from the southern Lion dance in terms of costume, percussion and "dances". Costumes and movements of the northern Lion should represent a lion as realistically as possible.

The southern Chinese lion dance, on the other hand, goes hand in hand with the southern Chinese martial arts. The lion dance is physically challenging, so the martial arts provide the ideal basis for fitness and physical endurance. Because the southern Chinese lion dance is directly linked to martial arts, it has also found its way into numerous kung fu films of the 80s and 90s.

The shape of the Futsan lion dance, one of the two best-known variants of the southern lion, is also known as the "fighting lion". Futsan (Cantonese; Foshan in Chinese) is the name of a city near Guangzhou that was famous for its martial arts and lion dance scene. The second variant is the Hoksan lion, which has a slightly different head shape.

Sigong Wu Shaoquan, father of Sifu Wu Mei Ling, was one of the "four kings of the lion dance" from Guangzhou and was known for his lion dance. His team has been invited to major openings and state visits several times. The Wu family continues the tradition of the Futsan lion dance to this day and teaches pupils and those interested in the art of lion dance.

LEARN LION DANCE

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

Tradition & culture

The Chinese lion dance has accompanied the Wu family for several generations and is also taught in special courses. We explain the origins, differences and history, go into detail on the individual percussion instruments and train and deepen the lion dance with costume.
In introductory seminars we give a first insight for everyone interested into this particular topic. These seminars are also open to interested parties from other schools and areas. We are also happy to offer a special seminar in external schools, if required please inquire .

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