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Internationally touring 'Wind of Colorful Guizhou' to come to Duluth

IF YOU GO

• What: “The Wind of Colorful Guizhou”

• When: 6:30 p.m. Sunday

• Where: The Gwinnett Performing Arts Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth

• Cost: $20 to $30 at the door

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DULUTH -- Chinese folk song and dance collide on Sunday as some of China's top performers present "The Wind of Colorful Guizhou" at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center.

Using more than 500 stunning ethnic costumes, the large-scale production includes minorities from the Guizhou province, one of China's cultural hubs. "Wind of Colorful Guizhou" showcases vivid glimpses into the people's lives in Guizhou while utilizing dramatic stage art, live music and dynamic lighting.

The award-winning production, called a "visual and audio feast," was directed by Ding Wei, a director for the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony. The full show features more than 100 performers, while the touring show only has the top 50 performers. The show has performed to packed audiences of more than 250,000 in China, Europe and Southeast Asia.

At the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center, the singing will mostly be a cappella with some accompaniment of drums, according to Song Yang, Vice Chairman of the U.S.-China Cultural and Educational Foundation. Yang believes the show should be widely accepted by Gwinnett audiences since they are such a diverse community.

"In Gwinnett, we have a diverse cultural area with many different nationalities -- Korean, Thai, Chinese, Russian, African American and more. I think the show has so much diversity and fits well (with Gwinnett)," Yang said.

The Guizhou province, according to Yang, has about 26 Chinese nationalities. In the show there are 17 ethnic groups represented, including Miao, Buyi, Dong, Yi, Gelao and Shui. This was made possible by Wei, composer Li Cangsang, choreographer Ju Yi and others.

"(The show's plot) is from the original life of Guizhou, but it has been crafted by art. So it is natural life and art mixed together," Yang said.

Wang Fyu, Vice Secretary General of the Guizhou Province Committee said, "This play is the culture stamp of Guizhou, it reflects Guizhou's image and introduces Guizhou to the entire world."

"Wind of Colorful Guizhou" has traveled to France, Russia, Germany, Japan and Canada. This is one of their first U.S. performances after having previously visited San Francisco and Boston. It is sponsored by the U.S.-China Cultural and Educational Foundation.