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Meshrep by Xinjiang Dilinaer Arts Troupe


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20 July 2012 (Fri) 8pm
Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall
$260, 180, 120
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21 July 2012 (Sat) 8pm
22 July 2012 (Sun) 4pm
Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre
$220, 160, 100
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Programme

Meshrep
Found among the Uygur people concentrated largely in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Meshrep constitutes the most important cultural carrier of Uygur traditions.  A complete Meshrep event includes a rich collection of traditions and performance arts.  Meshrep is not only an important cultural space for the traditional customs of Uygur and folk arts, but also the transmission and inheritance of ethnics, customs and cultural arts among the Uygur people.

Meshrep in Uygur means gathering or court, which is an inheritance and development of ritual practices and ceremonial activities.  There are different kinds of Meshrep such as those related to wedding, ladies or punishment, etc.  Meshrep is an organized event with procedures, and usually happens in an outdoor court during festivals or according to the basic needs.  Each Meshrep consists of a leader (yigit bashi), a disciplinarian, and 30 younger men including folk artists and general public.

A complete Meshrep event includes a rich collection of traditions and performances arts, such as music, dance, drama, folk arts, acrobatics, oral literature, foodways and games.  “Muqam” is a word including all kinds of arts forms in Meshrep such as singing, dance and entertainment.  Meshrep is mainly transmitted and inherited by hosts who understand its customs and cultural connotations, by the virtuoso performers who participate, and by all the Uygur people who attend.  One of the main characteristics for Meshrep is that there are no differentiation between audience and actors, as long as all are the participants.  However, there are numerous factors endangering its viability, such as social changes resulting from urbanization and industrialization, the influence of national and foreign cultures, and the migration of young Uygur to cities for work.

In 2010, Meshrep was put in the “List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding” by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), as its continuity is threatened.

Details please listen RTHK's programme Arts Critique.

 
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Performing Group

Xinjiang Dilinaer Arts Troupe
Xinjiang Dilinaer Arts Troupe, comprises of different artists with national class from various clans, is an art troupe under Xinjiang Dilinaer Cultural and Arts Exchange Development Foundation.  The troupe aims at uniting various professional arts organizations and cultural arts workers, to inherit and enhance the traditional arts of the minorities groups in Xinjiang.  Moreover, it also actively communicates with the overseas arts orgainsations and artists, as to strengthen the arts exchange activities, and to introduce the culture and arts of Xinjiang to the world.

Since its establishment in 2008, Xinjiang Dilinaer Arts Troupe participates in various arts exchange activities and major performances, including the 1st, 2nd and 3rd International Dance Festials; the 2nd China Arts Festival and the International Nauruz Festival.  Moreover, the Troupe has received different arts troupes from Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan for various exchange activities.

 
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Artistic Director

Dilinaer Abula
Dilinaer is a famous dance performing artists in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and was awarded as National Class One actor.  She performed in various programmes and acclaimed lots of different awards.  In 1986, Dilinaer was awarded the First Class Award in a territorial wide dance competition with her solo piece Wish.  In 1991, she was awarded the First Class Award in a territorial wide minorities dances competition with her another solo piece Fire of Iceberg.  In 1995, she was the dance leader of The Rainbow in Heavenly Mountain and was later awarded the highest reward by the Ministry of Culture.  In 1997, she was awarded in the Osaka International Festival in Japan and in November 2007, she was awarded with another solo piece in the 8th China Arts Festival.  Dilinaer has lots of representing solo pieces such as Bowl Dance, The Xinjiang Lady, Fire of Iceberg, Wish, etc.  She has also visited various countries in East Asia, West Asia, North America, Latin America and Europe for cultural exchange activities.

 
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Running Length
Running time of this programme is about 1 hours 45 minutes including interval
 
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Ticketing and Discount Schemes

Tickets available from 15 June onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Credit Card Telephone Booking

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis).
Concessionary ticket holders must produce evidence of their identity or age upon admission.

Group Booking Discount
10% off for each purchase of 4-9 tickets at regular price, 15% off for 10-19 tickets, and 20% off for 20 tickets or more

For every purchase, only one of the above discount schemes applies.  Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase

 
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Enquiries

Programme Enquiries: 2268 7323
Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009
Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999
Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

Audiences are strongly advised to arrive punctually. No latecomers will be admitted until a suitable break in the programme
Audiences of age 6 or above are welcome
The contents of this programme do not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary

 
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