We are very pleased to announce that we are adding the art of traditional Chinese Dragon Dance to our repertoire. Quite often we get bookings for dragon dance when our clients actually mean lion dance. To explain the difference, a lion has four legs and therefore require 2 persons under a lion costume (a head and a tail). On the other hand our new dragon is a 9-person dragon and it chases a pearl during a performance, so a total of 10 persons is required for the dragon alone. Dragon music is more involved than lion music. It is based on traditional Chinese Opera music and requires a total of 5 musicians, each playing a different instrument (drum, big gong, small gong, big cymbals and little cymbals). We ran 4 intensive workshops over the ANZAC weekend with instructors from Singapore and Malaysia. We are still not quite ready to perform cohesively yet, but we hope to be ready in a few months time! So watch this space!
A short video of our Dragon training weekend can be seen here.