- Describe a performance that you enjoyed
- You should say:
- What the performance was
- How you find out about it
- Where it took place
- And explain why was the performance enjoyable for you
The performance I enjoyed a lot was the one given by my nephew Charlie who’s like 5 years old and now he was studying in pre-school, he likes showing himself in front of others, especially like dancing and singing for other family members, which is actually quite amusing. Actually, his idol is a famous comedian in china named Shen Teng, and he is so good at acting. I guess jerry really learnt a lot from him.
Last spring festival when my whole family got together, Charlie tried to give a performance for us. He actually pretended to be his idol. That was a wonderful show and everyone loved it
At the beginning Charlie tried to perform a stand-up comedy, using a funny strong accent and also, he used loads of body languages, including both gestures and postures. For example, he clapped his hands quite often to cheer everyone up. That made him look quite energetic and also a bit hilarious. At that moment everyone kept laughing. He really created a nice, and festive atmosphere.
In addition, he also tried to use some cosmetic products to do a bit make-up, like the eye shadow and lipstick. The most great thing was, he wore too much and looked like a cat. he also stole his father suit which was much larger for him. That looked so ridiculous, but that was just funny and I love that show.
1.Are there any traditional cultural performances in China?
Yes, of course there are plenty of traditional cultural performances that win great popularity in China. As an ancient folk art in China, shadow play rose to prominence owing to its delicate and vivid model creatures as well as its intriguing stories. In addition, lion dance is popular among the young generation of China, which is normally performed during traditional festivals and important celebrations. For the lion dance, the dancers would demonstrate various types of martial arts through different forms and gestures, which is really impressive.
2.Are these performances often shown on TV?
To be honest, these performances are not often shown on TV in China except for some galas during the festival. This is mainly because that there are no TV programs specialized in showing the traditional cultural performances in this country. Also people in modem society, especially the young generation, are not interested in this type of shows.
3.How can these performances be spread to the wider public?
In today’s modem society, social media and Internet should be fully exploited in spreading these traditional cultural performances. To achieve this goal, the cooperation between online and offline is necessary to reduce the distance between these elegant cultures and the general public. For instance, administrators can take advantage of social media platforms such as Instagram, facebook and weibo in China in order to target and grasp the interests of the young generation. In this way, diverse obstacles can be eliminated in spreading these performances to the wider public.
4.How can children benefit from taking part in these performances?
Through participating in these traditional cultural performances, children can know more about the exquisite traditional culture of their country, so that their national identity and sense of national pride can be cultivated. Besides, with exposure to these impressive performances, they can acquire practical knowledge and skills. For example, kids are able to learn how light and shadow interact with each other through being part of shadow play.
5.Should the government fund these performances? If they should, then whether these shows are supposed to be free or not.
The administration should fund these performances, thus reducing the burden exerted on the organizers and even performers. In this way, they can devote all the time and energy to the content and expression of the traditional cultures, so that the quality of these performances can be enhanced. Moreover, I don’t think that these shows should be free if funded by the government. For one, the ticket fees can be used as part of back-up funds for the organizers, thus relieving the authorities’ pressure to a certain degree. On top of that, through spending proper amount of money watching these excellent performances, the audience tend to feel that they have made some contributions to the culture preservation of their nation, thus enhancing their national identity and sense of pride. Therefore, the shows should not be free.