HOUSTON, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- A show featuring various art forms from China was staged here Saturday to celebrate the 63rd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.
During the two-hour show, "Embrace China," 20 accomplished performers from China's northeastern Liaoning Province presented songs, dances, Chinese musical instruments performances and acrobatics in the fourth largest U.S. city.
Bian Lian (Face-Changing), a show whose performers wear vividly colored masks which they change within a fraction of a second, and "Er Ren Zhuan," a genre of local folk dance and song from Northeast China, won warm applause from some 1,000 audience at Stafford Center Performing Arts Theater.
The surnay solo, Hundreds Birds Worshipping The Phoenix, charmed the audience with vivid imitation of the birdsong by surnay, a Chinese wind instrument.
Single Handstand Acrobatic Act impressed spectators with the female performer's breath-taking skills.
The evening show for China's National Day is a long-time tradition in Houston, said Li Guixi, Chinese deputy consul general in Houston. The show presented by Chinese artists conveys love and greeting from the motherland to overseas Chinese, he said.
"Commissioned by All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese, we, Liaoning Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese, brought the show to Houston to convey the greeting from the Chinese government and provincial-level federations of returned overseas Chinese," said Wang Zhifeng, chairman of Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese in Liaoning Province.
Through this show, the federation hopes to encourage Chinese nationals to achieve more in the future and live a happy life, he said.
The annual variety show for the Chinese National Day, since its inauguration in 1996, has been a big thing among Chinese communities in Houston, said Yingying Sun, chairwoman of the Organizing Committee of the show.
With support from all walks of life, the show has been successful in promoting Chinese culture, enhancing China-U.S. understanding and increasing friendship between the two peoples, said Sun.