Lion Dance in a foreign land.
Much to my surprise, it is vivacious, scintillating and meticulous.
Indeed an astonishing eye-opener in Sydney China Town.
This is not related to any religious or folk beliefs.
I love it since I was young.
With the drummers channelling their energies into the lion,
the spirited creature, swishing up and down, gives a chirpy wag of the head.
It is nothing but sheer excitement as I watch this vigorous dance.
I remember when I was in the elementary school,
I drew a Lion Dance performance on one of my English workbooks.
I got compliments from the teacher for that and since then I liked the dance more and more.
The Lunar New Year is coming in a few days.
I am sauntering in the Sydney China Town.
Actually, the New Year atmosphere is not intense here.
As might be expected, this can be comprehended.
All of a sudden,
I hear some familiar drums.
It’s Lion Dance!
I look at the direction of the sound tout de suite,
two “lions” are gyrating to the beats right there.
Although it is in China Town, it is still a place belonged to westerners.
So what will it like to have lion dance in a westerners’ place?
I tried Chinese style Roasted Pork in Sydney China Town.
It had a long queue outside the restaurant and it was so crowded inside.
I thought that must be fabulous to try.
It was a shock once I had the first bite.
I regretted indeed.
Juicy – No.
Savour – No.
Al dente – Yes, but it was more like chewing a rubber band.
So, what if we have Lion Dance in Sydney?
Will it be a nondescript one?
Yes, I am so curious.
But more importantly, just because it is Lion Dance, I am giving it a try.
Passing through the crowd,
I am lucky enough to find a good position to watch.
To my great surprise, it is so marvellous!
The mettlesome beasts are in their full vigour to hop around.
The steps, the moves, they are not sloppy at all.
The drummers give serious looks,
but at the same time, you can sense their enjoyment in the eyes.
They are just forming an awe-inspiring masterpiece here.
There is even a westerner among them!
This amazes me truly.
I could not imagine a Lion Dance team
right in a westerners’ place can be so wonderful.
I saw Lion Dance teams in Singapore and Malaysia,
those were simply not Lion Dances.
They should be better called lazy lions in the zoo.
No steps at all.
They were just merely walking;
So how about the dance? They were just moving at will while grabbing the lion heads.
Then they were just like cutting fruits or doodling on their lottery bet tickets.
In Sydney they are trying hard to protect their own culture, maybe they are minority ethics group here?
In Singapore and Malaysia, there are many Chinese people, they instead do not do well in preserving their own essence of the past.
If you by any chance to stay in Sydney during Lunar New Year,
you may wish to visit China Town, and watch the traditional Chinese Lion Dance in a westerners’ place.
It is just different.
Victor Tai | Freedom is a Right
- LocationLittle Hay Street,
- CameraCanon EOS 3 / EF 17-40mm f4.0L / ILFORD 100
- Other Language繁體中文