Friday, September 10, 2010
With all the cultures, history and religions in Singapore, there is always a party, celebration or other type of event going on somewhere. And the mix can be surprising and charming; these championships for example -very traditional chinese- were held in a square, in the middle of the busiest, most expensive, most modern shopping malls of Singapore.
The competition grounds were fenced off and there were chairs for the audience. It was free and you could join or leave as you pleased. We sat down and watched fascinated for an hour.
In front were the judges that assessed the teams. They did that very seriously and carefully. After each team performance aspects such as choreography, technique, attributes, synchronicity between band and dancers (= lion) and facial expressions ;-) of the lion were discussed and judged. When the jury reached a verdict, they held up signs and the points were counted.
|One of the teams places the poles on which the lion will do it's dance. In front of them the jury in blue. And behind the jury, on an elevated stage, the guests of honour.|