Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Go for GOLD! Interschool Wushu 2008 updates

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Calista, Keith and Junhui!

Updates for Interschool Wushu Competition results for Kranji Primary as of 25th March:

Gold - Calista (3rd lvl Senior Girls Straightsword)
Silver - Keith (3rd lvl Senior Boys Straightsword)
Bronze - Junhui (3rd lvl Senior Boys Straightsword)

You've done your school proud! I'm so happy for you guys!

Hope everyone will continue to JIAYOU and do your best for the upcoming events!

Comeon Calista! Don't look so grouchy. Thats a gold trophy you're holding!

Little "botak" Keith (silver) and Junhui (bronze).

Monday, March 24, 2008

"Love and Destiny" at the Botanic Garden

Finally over! Phew...
I'm sure you'd have notice that it was pouring on Saturday. Most everyone there thought it was probably gonna get postponed. Was still drizzling by 5.45pm but the amazing thing was people starting streaming to the spectators area holding umbrellas and wearing raincoats. We were surprised at the turn out, even the Minister didn't mind sitting in the rain to watch. At that moment something stirred and I won't deny we all felt good to be part of this creative ensemble cast. It was a good show.
***Applause applause***

Quoted from email circular:

The 12th Chinese Cultural Festival started on 23 February will come to a close on 22 March with a finale performance at the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, Singapore Botanic Gardens at 6pm.

The Finale Dance Musical titled "Love and Destiny" is presented by People's Association and supported by Central Singapore CDC. The performance is based on the classic Chinese tale of the Butterfly Lovers (Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai). The musical will showcase a rich blend of classical music, modern dance, singing, beat-boxing, artistic gymnastics, costumes, and props. This performance is supported by Central Singapore CDC and Singapore Botanic
Gardens. Groups involved in the performance include PA Talents, Black Forest, beat-boxer Charles Wong, Malay Acappella Group Juz-B, Kebun Baru CC, Chua Yi Fang, Kym Rhythmic and Kuen Wushu Academy. Admission is FREE!

Please bring your family, friends and relatives to watch this specially choreographed dance musical. This is really a not-to-be-missed performance for all. Please send this emailer to people you know, of all ages and from all walks of life. See you there!

Details of the performance:
Date: 22 March 2008, Saturday
Time: 6 pm to 7.15 pm
Venue: Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, Singapore Botanic Gardens

With warm regards,

Ong Yuin Ling
Assistant Secretary, Chinese Cultural Festival 2008 Steering Committee/
Senior Manager, Brand Promotion Unit Cultural Industry Promotion Department
Chinese Newspapers Division Singapore Press Holdings

Monday, March 17, 2008

Huayi Festival Rehearsals

Been caught up with rehearsals for the upcoming performance for a Huayi Festival item this Saturday. Its a retelling of the chinese classic "Liang Zhu" (Butterfly lovers) via a fusion of different art forms.

There is a variety of dance and music styles, songs performances (local acapella grp Juz-B) and even an amazing live Beat-box segment that got all of us watching open-jawed.

KUEN Wushu performers are primarily involved in a fusion of dance and Wushu choreography segment that has the guys donning menacing looking black Victorian-like costumes. It features us Men-In-Black preventing the female lead (Zhu Yingtai, played by the lovely Yan Yan *smitten*) from escaping by wielding poles and swords and sabres. Costume looks uber-cool, much better than I expected when I first got the concept art in my mail.

I've got a video of the rehearsal that I'll put up once i get around to editing it. Meanwhile, here's a look at the costume.

Eduplus Wushu enrichment at Taonan school

This is the 2nd year we've been providing our Wushu enrichment programmes for Eduplus' Chinese language camps, and this year's venue was at Taonan School. Every year, students from different schools come together during the school holidays for a short Chinese language camp and our KUEN Wushu trainers will be tasked to involve them with a short introductory Wushu workout as part of their physical programme.