Kung fu magic in Brunei

James Kon

A live showcase of kung fu will take centre stage at the ‘Night of Chinese Culture and Tourism Wushu and Taiji Performance’ at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre on September 25 from 7.30pm-9pm.

Admission to the one-night only performance is free.

With the theme ‘Henan – Hometown of Chinese Kung fu’, 50 performers from the Henan province of China will put up a special 60-minute kung fu performance. It will include Origin of Kung fu, Zen of Kung fu, Flow of Taichi, Joy of Kung fu, Grace of Taichi and Practice of Kung fu.

The show concentrates on the essence and connects all kinds of distinctive Shaolin Kung fu and martial arts scenes in daily life, combining Zen boxing, weaponry, internal strength and combat skills as a whole, which make Shaolin Kung fu more entertaining and inspiring.

According to the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Brunei Darussalam, the Shaolin Temple Wushu Training Centre performance group was founded in 1988. It is China’s first cultural group that performed at the Royal Theatre of England, the Vienna Golden Hall of Austria and the United States’ (US) New York Broadway.

Fifty performers from the Henan province of China will showcase a special 60-minute kung fu performance. PHOTO: EMBASSY OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA IN BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
Performers showcasing their skills

The group is the only one in China that has had its show nominated by both the Drama Desk Awards and Tony Awards (the top award in theatre) in the US.

The group has participated in events organised by the Chinese Government for international exchanges. They include the opening ceremony of 2018 China-European Union (EU) Tourism Year in Italy, the 2018 China-Canada Tourism Year in Canada and the Beautiful China Tourism Promotion Conference 2018 in the US.

The group have also participated in the Berlin Tourism Fair in Germany, and the Beautiful China – Ice and Snow in North Tourism Promotion Conference in Cambodia and Thailand.

The evening show for the Fourth Local Leaders Conference for China-Central and Eastern European Countries in 2019 in Bulgaria, the 2019 Sino-Cambodian Culture and Tourism Exchange Conference in Cambodia, the 2019 Chinese Culture and Tourism Gala in Laos and other exchange and promotional activities are some of the highlights.

The Night of Chinese Culture and Tourism Wushu and Taiji Performance is organised by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Brunei Darussalam. It is supported by the Brunei-China Friendship Association.

Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Brunei Darussalam Yu Hong said, “Wushu and Taiji are symbols of Chinese culture, traditional treasures of China and also a common wealth of mankind.”

The ambassador shared that the performers are from the hometown of Wushu and Taiji in China.

“Wushu and Taiji are not only the magic fantasy and special effects of Chinese kung fu in movies, but also the daily life of the Chinese people. It is the elders’ morning exercise in the parks. It is the juniors’ energy and vitality in the training halls.”

The ambassador noted that Wushu and Taiji are enjoyed by people all over the world.

“I am pleased that Wushu is also popular among the youth in Brunei. Last month, Brunei successfully hosted the 10th Asian Junior Wushu Championships. The competition attracted 265 athletes from 19 countries

and regions. Under the guidance of the Chinese coaches, the Bruneian team won four gold medals, two silvers and one bronze,” she added.