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Taiwanese Cultural Troupe due in town

May 21, 2010, 1:04 PM | Article By: Nfamara Jawneh

Hung-Sheng Lion Dance theatre group of Taiwan is to arrive in the country this weekend to participate in the 5th edition of the Kanilai International Cultural Festival.

The 12-member delegation would also attend the Jermaine Jackson Mega Concert at the Independence Stadium in Bakau, as well as the celebration of President Yahya Jammeh's birthday and African Liberation Day marked on 25th May.

According to a media dispatch from the Taiwanese Embassy in Banjul, the visit is part of the cultural exchange programme between the two countries.

The troupe under the leadership of Yuan Jung Chang was founded in 1988, and has been performing both at home and abroad including in the US, Canada, France, and Berlin Germany, just to name a few.

The Hung-Sheng troupe's performance has been described as unique, in the sense that they not only preserve the essence of traditional folk art, but breathe new life into it. They shine in both traditional temple festivals and modern theatres, according to the release.

"Our passion, dedication, creativity and persistence inject energy into the diminishing folk performing arts and allow Taiwan's local culture to shine in the international community."

The troupe performs temple rituals, and the dragon dance which also goes along with drumming. 

With the temple ritual, they perform an interesting acrobatic display in the mysterious dance of the Eight Generals, usually performed at the head of a parade.

The group also performs the play known as 'Searching for Pearls.'fes This dance was inspired by Chinese mythology. Prince Ner-Za stole a pearl belonging to the Dragon King, before losing it to two dear children.

These and many other kinds of spectacular performances are what the group is hoping to bring to the Gambia, during their week-long stay in the country.