Today I headed into Boston's Chinatown with a roll of Ilford HP5+ 35mm black and white film loaded into my Nikon N80 and captured some photographs of a traditional Chinese lion dance.

The film was developed with Kodak HC110, dilution B for 7 minutes.

What is Lion Dance?


Lion Dance is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture and other Asian countries in which performers mimic a lion's movements in a lion costume to bring good luck and fortune. The lion dance is usually performed during the Chinese New Year and other Chinese traditional, cultural and religious festivals. It may also be performed at important occasions such as business opening events, special celebrations or wedding ceremonies, or may be used to honour special guests by the Chinese communities.


The Chinese lion dance is normally operated by two dancers, one of whom manipulates the head while the other forms the rear end of the lion. It is distinguishable from the dragon dance which is performed by many people who hold the long sinuous body of the dragon on poles. Chinese lion dance fundamental movements can be found in Chinese martial arts, and it is commonly performed to a vigorous drum beat.


There are two main forms of the Chinese lion dance, the Northern Lion and the Southern Lion. Both forms are commonly found in China and around the world especially in Southeast Asia, the Southern Lion predominates as it was spread by the Chinese diaspora communities who are historically mostly of Southern Chinese origin. Versions of lion dance related to the Chinese lion are also found in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Tibet and Vietnam.

"We Love Boston Chinatown"


Today's lion dance was by the students of Hung Gar Kung Fu and Lion Dance Academy of Quincy, Massachusetts, and was the inaugural performance kicking off Chinatown Main Street's "We Love Boston Chinatown" program featuring lion dances every Saturday from today until August 27th at Chinatown Gate Park.


I love Boston Chinatown too, so I will definitely go again next week. Perhaps I'll shoot a roll of color film next time.

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Chinese Lion Dance at Boston's Chinatown with Hung Gar Kung Fu and Lion Dance Academy | 在波士顿唐人街的中国舞狮与洪家功夫舞狮学院
Chinese Lion Dance at Boston's Chinatown with Hung Gar Kung Fu and Lion Dance Academy | 在波士顿唐人街的中国舞狮与洪家功夫舞狮学院
Chinese Lion Dance at Boston's Chinatown with Hung Gar Kung Fu and Lion Dance Academy | 在波士顿唐人街的中国舞狮与洪家功夫舞狮学院
Chinese Lion Dance at Boston's Chinatown with Hung Gar Kung Fu and Lion Dance Academy | 在波士顿唐人街的中国舞狮与洪家功夫舞狮学院
Chinese Lion Dance at Boston's Chinatown with Hung Gar Kung Fu and Lion Dance Academy | 在波士顿唐人街的中国舞狮与洪家功夫舞狮学院
Chinese Lion Dance at Boston's Chinatown with Hung Gar Kung Fu and Lion Dance Academy | 在波士顿唐人街的中国舞狮与洪家功夫舞狮学院
Chinese Lion Dance at Boston's Chinatown with Hung Gar Kung Fu and Lion Dance Academy | 在波士顿唐人街的中国舞狮与洪家功夫舞狮学院
Chinese Lion Dance at Boston's Chinatown with Hung Gar Kung Fu and Lion Dance Academy | 在波士顿唐人街的中国舞狮与洪家功夫舞狮学院
Chinese Lion Dance at Boston's Chinatown with Hung Gar Kung Fu and Lion Dance Academy | 在波士顿唐人街的中国舞狮与洪家功夫舞狮学院
Chinese Lion Dance at Boston's Chinatown with Hung Gar Kung Fu and Lion Dance Academy | 在波士顿唐人街的中国舞狮与洪家功夫舞狮学院

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今天,我带着一卷 Ilford HP5+ 35mm 黑白胶卷进入我的尼康 N80 前往波士顿的唐人街,并拍摄了一些中国传统舞狮的照片。 用 Kodak HC110,稀释度 B 将胶片显影 7 分钟。

什么是舞狮?


舞狮是中国文化和其他亚洲国家的一种传统舞蹈形式,表演者穿着狮子服装模仿狮子的动作,以带来好运和财富。舞狮通常在农历新年和其他中国传统、文化和宗教节日期间表演。它也可以在开业活动、特殊庆典或婚礼仪式等重要场合演出,也可用于华人社区招待特殊客人。 中国舞狮通常由两名舞者操作,其中一名操纵头部,另一名形成狮子的后端。它与许多人将龙弯曲的长身体放在杆子上表演的舞龙有区别。中国舞狮的基本动作可以在中国武术中找到,并且通常以有力的鼓声进行。 中国舞狮有两种主要形式,即北狮和南狮。这两种形式在中国和世界各地都很常见,特别是在东南亚,南狮占主导地位,因为它是由历史上主要来自中国南方的华人散居社区传播的。在日本、韩国、台湾、西藏和越南也发现了与中国狮子有关的舞狮版本。

“我们爱波士顿唐人街”


今天的舞狮是由学校的学生表演的 洪家功夫舞狮学院 马萨诸塞州昆西市,是唐人街主街“我们爱波士顿唐人街计划”的首场表演,从今天到 8 月 27 日,每周六在唐人街门公园举行舞狮表演。


我也喜欢波士顿唐人街,所以下周肯定会再去。也许下次我会拍一卷彩色胶卷。

The Chinatown Community Lion Dance Parade on Every Saturday starting 6/18/2022 - 8/27/2022 at 12:00 noon, Lion dance performance at the Chinatown Gate Park. //////////////// 唐人街社区舞狮巡游于每周六 2022 年 6 月 18 日至 2022 年 8 月 27 日中午 12:00 开始,在唐人街门公园举行舞狮表演。

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