A Shenzhen-based international art troupe — Shenzhen New Silk Road Art Troupe — will perform in Bantian Subdistrict in Longgang District on Saturday for an event celebrating Lantern Festival, which falls on Sunday.
At the event, international artists from the art troupe will sing a song titled “Our Spring.” Artists will use their mother languages to tell the world about the spring and future in their eyes.
Shenzhen New Silk Road Art Troupe’s foreign members, dressed in traditional Chinese costumes, give a performance at Shenzhen Talent Park in Nanshan District in 2022.
Established in 2017, the art troupe now has over 300 members from 19 countries around the world, including over 200 artists from countries such as the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Russia, Brazil and Germany. They have lived and worked in China for over eight years, according to Yang Jianmei, director of Shenzhen New Silk Road Art Troupe.
According to Yang, the art troupe aims to tell the stories of Shenzhen, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area as well as China to the world.
Artists from the art troupe have participated in a series of shows such as the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics at its Shenzhen subvenue and the Shenzhen subvenue of the 2019 Spring Festival Gala.
Shirley Frias, who took her Shenzhen-born daughter on stage during the 2019 gala in Shenzhen, has been living in the city for more than 14 years. “We live in happiness and safety in Shenzhen. Shenzhen is our new home and new hometown. We would like to express our gratitude and affection for the city,” said Frias.
“Our international artists are not only familiar with urban life, but also very expressive in performances. They show a deep affection to the city and regard themselves as new Shenzheners,” Yang said.
The art troupe members observed that art performances don’t need to be staged on fancy platforms. Instead, a big red carpet is enough, and they want to perform at places with the most citizens.
Performers dance with audience during a cultural event in 2022. Courtesy of the art troupe
In previous performances, foreign artists from the art troupe dressed in qipao, a classic one-piece and figure-fitting Chinese dress, and performed a segment of the classic Chinese drama— “The Eternal Wave,” presenting a cultural feast to the public.