This captivating melange of live music, story-telling, visuals and movement takes audiences on a memorable journey to China—via Australia! Presented by Australian Chinese performer Dr Nicholas Ng, 'Descendants of the Dragon' pays homage to the Chinese in Australia in light of their long historical presence in regional Queensland. It is a captivating, informative and at times humorous account of the ‘ancient’ and ‘wise’ culture of the Chinese, and their descendants down under.
What does it mean to be Chinese and Australian at the same time? What instruments are played today? What languages are spoken? What foods are eaten? What legends are told? What occasions are celebrated? Where can you find the world’s longest Imperial dragon?
Raised in a Chinese household in suburban Sydney, Nicholas answers these questions passionately as an artist with a 15-year career of reconnecting musically with his home culture.
This show is designed for children of all ages, and those young at heart.
- Venue Format
- Theatre, Hall, Black Box Venue
- Technical Rating
- Touring Party
- 1 story-teller/musician/movement artist + 1 production/stage manager
VENUE • Minimum space required: 6 m wide x 6 m deep • Seating should be raked; the stage should be raised (1-3 m high) if seating is on the same level • Black box space is best • Dressing room/toilet with mirror
STAGING • iron, ironing board with washing facilities • 1 padded chair—preferably black
AV • AV is operated by the Production Manager. A table with enough room for 1 laptop & script is needed. The Production Manager must be able to see the screen & Performer • We supply 1 speaker, RØDE NT3 microphone & stand for instrumental amplification; & RCA cable for backing tracks • We supply 1 MacBook computer • 1 projector with necessary VGA cables are required. The projector should ideally be 3000-4000 lumens (make & model must be approved by Production Manager) • 1 lapelle microphone or headset with necessary cables are required (please advise if unavailable)
BUMP IN • takes 40-60 minutes; access to the venue 2 hours before show commences is recommended • flat-bed trolley (please advise if unavailable)
In June 2012, BEMAC achieved a milestone 25 years of engaging, identifying, developing, promoting and presenting artists from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and performers of world music. This milestone heralds a new strategic direction for BEMAC, which values those years of experience, and draws on that experience and knowledge to steer the organisation into the next 25 years.
Our vision is to create a vibrant and diverse multicultural arts scene in Queensland. We aim to be recognised as the heart of multicultural arts in Queensland through the development, presentation and promotion of the artistic value, cultural and social worth and commercial potential of diverse multicultural arts and artists.
Our Values Actively respect and embrace people and cultures Create and provide opportunity for access, participation and engagement Challenge standards and drive the creation and capitalisation of new ideas, opportunities and expression Facilitate engagement amongst stakeholders including government, arts and corporate sectors, artists, audiences and communities Adhere to the principals of accountability, transparency, governance, professionalism, sustainability and ethics
BEMAC recognises that diversity of cultures and communities actively contributes to Australian life and supports the practice of culturally diverse art contributing to quality outcomes and a richer and more vibrant cultural life for all Queenslanders.
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Unique Selling Point
The show gives audiences an opportunity to engage with a unique, multicultural Australian experience. This fusion of rarely heard instruments, colourful puppetry, intriguing storyline & stunning images keeps viewers engaged & wanting more. While the narrative is of particular interest to regions hosting a Chinese community, it includes universal themes, morals & situations that many can relate to, for instance: sacrifice, compassion, bullying, friendship, drought, & the importance of water. Audiences will enjoy the mythological content of the story, which bears striking similarities with Indigenous Australian mythology. Ending with a captivating sword dance & audience participation, Nicholas' performance is entertaining, educational & memorable.
Activity pack (for parents and teachers) Presenter pack
This easy-to-tour production benefits the wider community with a series of workshops related to the themes of the show.
Catered for children aged 5 years & up, & interested adults, the content & difficulty level of these workshops vary depending on age & ability. Families are most welcome, no prior experience is necessary. All workshops are 45 minute workshops in duration & focus on a specific discipline; an optional '3-1' workshop of half a day (with rest times) is also offered.
- musical: introduction to rhythm & melody
- physical: learn to meditate & move your body. Great for Jackie Chan fans.
- arts and craft: make your own papier-mâché dragon or character mask!
- 3-in-1: play, move & create
Through these related workshops, the show give audiences a chance to participate in the arts & deepen their familiarity with another culture. Easy Chinese language participation activities are included where appropriate.
The show has the secondary aim of celebrating Chinese presence in regional Australia, & giving Chinese descendants in these areas a fresh perspective how they can engage with their heritage. An informative & fun-filled activity pack for parents & teachers is presented at the end of each show (please see presenter pack for more information).