From Jan 6 to 13, the online performance "Millennium Dance Rhyme" was staged as a prelude to the programs "Happy Chinese New Year" and "Chinese Culture Month" in Colombia in 2022, as well as a way to commemorate the upcoming 42nd anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Colombia on Feb 7 and the Beijing Winter Olympic Games.
The performance was co-hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Colombian Ministry of Culture, the Chinese Embassy in Colombia, the China National Opera and Dance Drama Theater and the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Theatre in Colombia.
The show has been available online for a week, bringing New Year wishes to people all over the globe in home quarantine due to the epidemic.
Xu Wei, charge d'affaires ad interim of the Chinese Embassy in Colombia, spoke highly of the fruitful achievements in bilateral political, economic, trade and cultural exchanges in the 42 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Colombia, and expressed his willingness to work with Colombia to promote the continuous development of China-Colombia relations.
Ramiro Osorio, Colombia's first minister of culture, former ambassador to Mexico and president of the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Theatre, said he highly appreciated China's contribution to the fight against the epidemic, the great achievements made by the Chinese people under the leadership of the Communist Party of China in the past century since its founding, as well as the fruitful achievements of cultural exchanges and cooperation between the two countries in the 42 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations.
In addition to classic dancing performances, the China National Opera and Dance Drama Theater also presented other performances such as bamboo flute solo, male solo and suona (a double-reed horn) solo.
China National Opera and Dance Drama Theater, which is directly affiliated with the central government, is the largest state-level theater with the longest history in China. Over half a century, the theater has performed more than one hundred operas and dance dramas. Chinese national leaders and many foreign heads of state have enjoyed the performances and given high praise.