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"Four Seaons in Zhouzhuang"---Performance in Zhouzhuang Water Town

Brief Introduction of Zhouzhuang

Zhouzhuang, one of the most famous water townships in China, situated in Kunshan City which is only 30 kilometers (18 miles) southeast of Suzhou. It is noted for its profound cultural background, the well preserved ancient residential houses, the elegant watery views and the strong local colored traditions and customs. In the Spring and Autumn Period (770 - 476 BC), Zhouzhuang was a part of the fief Yaocheng and called Zhenfengli. After being donated to Full Fortune (Quanfu) Temple by Zhou Digong, a very devout Buddhist, in 1086 during the Northern Song Dynasty (960 - 1127), Zhouzhuang got its present name as a memorial of the donor.

"Four Seasons in Zhouzhuang"

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"Four seasons in Zhouzhuang" is a night show in Zhouzhuang water town, which displays an original and more primitive life in the water town of Zhouzhuang. This show is daily show, was set on a classic stage featuring small bridges, running rivers and riverside.

The first large-scale water performance and an acclaimed world class theater production, "Zhouzhuang in Four Seasons" unveils the folk customs and traditions of the authentic and original Zhouzhuang lifestyle through the love story of Shen Wansan, the richest businessman in the region back in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and Lu Liniang. The new show is incorporating with more folk performances and scenes rooted in the Zhouzhuang residents' daily life, demonstrating customs such as greeting the God of Wealth, drinking granny tea and hosting a traditional wedding ceremony along with the town's culture heritages.

Brief Introduction
The show depicts the fascinating charms of Zhouzhuang through the changing seasons, from the rainy spring to festive winter celebrating the Chinese New Year with spring's "Rainy lane", summer's "Picking lotus seeds", autumn's "Harvest", and winter's "Spring Festival". Wu Wenjie, who is the director the the show essencial, said that "The former show become a cultural signature of Zhouzhuang that expresses the beauty and love of Zhouzhuang lifestyle through aesthetic setting, realistic staging, iridescent lighting and harmonious music combined with romantic dancing and scene reconstructions". Not only tourists  can purchase the tickets to watch the 1 hour performances, also have the opportunity to play a role in "Zhouzhuang in Four Seasons".

The cultural spectacle featuring dances, acrobatics and scene presentation begins with the fishermen's tunes. The classic folk music raises from the water surrounded by mist in the morning and fishing boats gradually appear in front of the audience, and the fishermen cast out fishing nets and greet each other. The chapter is followed by a dance about weaving fishing nets.

The highlight of "Zhouzhuang in Four Seasons" is Shen and Lu's wedding scene in the last chapter of the performance where an audience member isselected to join the cast on stage. This chapter recreates the folk customs of water town wedding ceremonies in Zhouzhuang, the acrobatic performances of tossing wine jars, silk rope hanging and lion dancing will bring a grand finale to the show. The live performance not only stars trained dancers and singers, locals are invited to take part in "Zhouzhuang in Four Seasons" and portray the roles of farmers, fishermen and town residents to make the show more interactive and realistic. It combine the folk customs and wedding customs to show the authentic and unique life in Zhouzhuang.

Now, "Four Seasons in Zhouzhuang" is regarded as a world-class theatre event, expressing folk customs in an artistic and authentic way.

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