In the first chapter of the performance section of the 19th Asian Games opening ceremony in Hangzhou, "National Style and Elegant Charm", a kite song "Misty Rain Dyed Jiangnan", which contains distinctive elements of Zhejiang local drama - Yue opera, brings people into the landscape artistic conception and humanistic painting of Jiangnan. Let the audience, especially the audience from Jiangsu and Zhejiang, immerse themselves in it and be filled with emotion. The solo performance was performed by Yuan Sha, professor and doctoral supervisor of the Central Conservatory of Music.
At the beginning of the performance, Yuan Sha played while overlooking the historical clouds flowing like time, tea ceremony, flower path, incense path, poetry, painting, sword dance... History comes from the deep. "Zhejiang is my hometown. For me, this piece of music feels very familiar and intimate. Because I have been listening to Yue opera since I was a child, when I first played this piece, I felt the taste of our Jiangsu and Zhejiang Yue Opera, which made me love it from my heart." "We want to show the whole Asia and the world the unique charm of Chinese folk music and the breadth and depth of Chinese culture and art," she said. "More importantly, we want to make use of the big stage of the Asian Games to play a harmonious movement of beauty and harmony through exchanges and mutual learning among civilizations."
As a well-known guzheng player, Yuan Sha has performed solo in many major events at home and abroad. Yuan Sha on the stage of the opening ceremony of the Asian Games, as always, calmly and freely, but compared with previous experiences, the performance at the opening ceremony of the Asian Games, or let her feel no small pressure. "The Guzheng has a history of more than 2,000 years, carrying profound cultural deposits and representing the ancient Chinese civilization. Nowadays, people in more and more countries and regions begin to know and love Guzheng. The artistic performance at the opening ceremony is a special and concentrated presentation of China's outstanding traditional culture." Yuan Sha said that in the whole process of preparing and playing, she was very worried that she would make mistakes, thus affecting the whole show, "Wearing ancient clothes, holding the guzheng, trotting all the way to the stage, the moment I really sat down, my heart suddenly settled down."
Yuan Sha is a Young Changjiang Scholar and Vice president of the EU-China Humanities and Arts Education Alliance of the Ministry of Education. As a cultural envoy, Yuan Sha actively promotes Chinese culture to "go global". In her view, Hangzhou is a city with a long history and culture and strong cultural confidence. She feels very honored to be able to present Chinese culture here, and she also hopes to convey all this to the whole Asia and the world through her performance. "I feel the spirit of the movement. Both music and sports advocate something sincere, and in that respect, they are connected." "All we have to do is really bring out the essence, with beauty, with emotion," she said.
On the international stage, in order to promote the cultural exchanges between the East and the West, Yuan Sha integrates Western elements into traditional Chinese music. Through the cooperation of guzheng and western Musical Instruments, Yuan Sha interprets the simplicity and elegance of Oriental aesthetics, and explains the openness, inclusiveness and synergy of Chinese culture. "Music is borderless and can evoke human emotions." Yuan Sha said.
In recent years, Yuan Sha has traveled to dozens of countries and regions. In order to let foreign audiences understand and accept the cultural connotation of the guzheng, Yuan Sha combined speech with performance. "Just like the title of the Asian Games theme song 'With Love', we should use music to express love and beauty and express the common emotions of mankind." "This is my original intention and pursuit of studying music," she said.