Dance competition marks Hanoi’s Liberation Day

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The performance entitled ‘Nho’ (Missing), staged by People’s Artist Ung Duy Thinh with music composed by Tuan Phuong and Quang Vinh, won first prize at a dancing competition held in Hanoi.

Dance competition marks Hanoi’s Liberation Day
Dance competition marks Hanoi’s Liberation Day

The People’s Committee and the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism will organize various activities, such dragon dancing festival, art performances and a ceremony to award best dances about Hanoi, to mark the 58th anniversary of Liberation Day from October 6th to 8th.

Dragon dancing festival will take place from 2pm to 6pm on October 6th at the square in front of the entrance to My Dinh National Stadium, with the participation of 29 troupes from 29 districts and towns in Hanoi.

Ha Noi will hold the dragon dance festival this Saturday, as part of a series of cultural activities to celebrate the 58th anniversary of the city’s liberation on October 10. The Ha Noi Dragon Dance Festival 2012 will take place from 1.30pm to 18.30pm at the King Ly Thai To Park , opposite to the Hoan Kiem Lake (Returned Sword Lake).

According to the organising board, the festival features pairs of dragon dancers from all districts in the city, promising a large-scale event with motley-embroidered dragons.

After the dragon dance and an award ceremony, the pairs of dragon dancers will parade around the Hoan Kiem Lake, which has been decorated with fresh flowers and flashing lights to create a joyful and festive ambience for the local people and foreign tourists alike.

Spectators will also have an opportunity to enjoy various interesting performances, such as hiphop and sports dance in the artistic program for peace, “Singing Together”, from 3pm to 6pm on October 7th at My Dinh Stadium.

Besides, best dances about Hanoi will be performed and awarded at awards ceremony on October 8th.

This year festival will feature many beautiful dragons from troupes throughout Hanoi. Teams participating in the festival have rehearsed meticulously and carefully for a couple of months ago.

Dancing teams whose dragons wind in the air, the fabric of the dragon is not intertwined and the participants do not stumble will be given plus scores. The movements of the dragon riders need to be strong and determined that show the individual skills and also the team spirit. Besides dragon dances with traditional themes, the troupes spent much time and effort researching, collecting and creating many spectacular dragon performances with the themes related to historical and legendary stories. It is expected that the festival will feature impressive and beautiful performances which fascinates visitors.  After Dragon Dance activities and award ceremony ended, teams will hold a parade around Hoan Kiem Lake in order to cheer the crowd and create an exciting and enthusiastic atmosphere to welcome the 58th Anniversary of Hanoi Liberation Day.

In Vietnamese culture and belief, dragon is considered as a sacred animal which has extraordinary powers and is the symbol of luck and good omens. In particular, for Hanoi, dragon brings a special meaning which is associated to the legend of Thang Long in 1000 years ago.

The legend says that King Ly Thai To, the first King of Ly Dynasty, after taking over the throne, found out that Hoa Lu Land, the capital of ancient Vietnam that time, was too narrow to be worth as the capital of an independent nation. The King thought of moving the capital. In the autumn of 10 years later, while boating in Dai La Citadel, the King saw a golden dragon flying up from Thang Long (Hanoi nowadays). Then he immediately decided to change the capital to Thang Long. The country under King Ly Thai To’s reign was peaceful and prosperous. Since then, it is believed that the dragon inspired the King to change the capital and it is also considered as a sacred symbol bringing good lucks, and prosperity.

The contest, held by the Hanoi Dance Artists Association to mark the 58th anniversary of the capital’s Liberation Day (October 10, 1954-2012), featured eight of the best performances selected from 50 pieces composed in 2012.