The Scent of Spring Flowers: An Afternoon of Chinese Music and Dance
In connection with its new exhibits featuring the work of internationally known Chinese artists, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) in collaboration with ACCVT presents practitioners of traditional Chinese culture located right in its own backyard. On Sunday, April 7, 2013, at 3 p.m., BMAC presented “The Scent of Spring Flowers,” a program of traditional Chinese music and dance performed by students and faculty of Northfield Mount Hermon School (NMH in Gill, MA), all ages welcome. NMH students Yan Li, Kevin Wong, and Hongyi Rafael Zhang will play the erhu (two-stringed bowed instrument), guzheng (plucked zither), and dizi (transverse flute). Dance teacher Yabei Chen will perform a traditional dance with water-sleeves and fans. As a child in China, Chen practiced gymnastics, building a solid foundation for her flex­ibility. At the age of eight, she moved with her family to the United States, where dance came to play an important role in her life. An avid teacher and performer, Chen says, “I cannot picture my life without dancing. Dancing has enriched my life to an extent that it has become an essential part of me.”traditional Chinese music at Brattleboro Museum by students from Northfield Mount Hermon School

Yabei Chen performing a fan dance with Chinese flute accompanying

Yabei shows how to wear the Water Sleeves

Yabei Chen performing the Water Sleeves dance

Yabei Chen performing the Water Sleeves dance

Yabei Chen performing the Water Sleeves dance

 
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