Exploring the culture deep in my memory: walking into Chaoshan villages

"A star at the zenith opens a study underground." -- "Good Praise Guangdong" online work collection competition "Chaoshan Year - Peace and Prosperity" kicked off with a Chaoshan folk song, focusing on various traditional cultural customs during the New Year in Chaoshan, the creator Chen Qiang visited various parts of Chaoshan, the shooting lasted nearly two months.

Ying song and dance, "Ying Master", Chaozhou opera, burning fire dragon, jumping fire, fireworks… Fireworks, colorful dazzling, Chen Qiang in the picture many times clever use of night and fireworks light and shade contrast, to create a harmonious romantic atmosphere, there is Xin Qiji's "east wind night flowers thousands of trees." More blow down, stars like rain "" Feng Xiao sound moving, jade pot light turn, night fish dragon dance" scene. The music combines the music of the Chaoshan opera, with the smart camera switch and the moving mirror, and the rhythm is full, showing the vitality of the New Year and the youth of the Chaoshan traditional culture in the new era.

"Nowadays, more and more young people are interested in local culture and traditional folk customs." Chen Qiang said that through the short video new media platform, as long as the content is interesting and meets the tastes of young people, netizens at home and abroad are willing to "like" and exchange, which is a great radiation. With an audience, there are correspondingly more creators.

In addition, Chen Qiang also has some friends around him, who are not only interested in the shooting of traditional folk customs, but also continue to collect information and practice to spread and promote.

The more he came into contact with Chaoshan traditional culture, the stronger Chen Qiang's preference for it, including those traditional cultures he was not willing to contact before. "Chaozhou opera has not received much attention among young people of my generation. Its tone and performance mode are not very attractive to young people."

At the beginning of this year, Chen Qiang rushed around the small villages of Chaoshan, into the Chaozhou opera performance stage, the Chaozhou opera's clothing, makeup, front and back of the stage are all recorded in the camera, and he felt how the actors carefully prepared for the play.

"Once I got to know them and filmed them, it was fun to sit in the audience and watch them perform." Chen Qiang has never felt this way before. The seats around him were dominated by people in their 50s, with few young people.

At this moment, he thought of his parents. "In the past, there was no TV to watch, and everyone gathered in front of the ancestral hall at night, simply pulling up the curtain was a weekly Chaozhou opera screening." In the days before television, they learned about the plot of Journey to the West and some allusions to Chaoshan through Chaoshan dramas."

Chaozhou opera, carrying the joy and joy of the young people of that era, has also become a memory that they can not erase. Traditional culture and customs are a treasure buried deep in the memory of everyone.

The small changes of folk activities reflect the changes of rural life. For example, the very lively "Ying Master" activity in "Chaoshan Year - Peace and Prosperity", as a very representative folk ritual cultural activity in Chaoshan area, has also had a lot of new changes in Chen Qiang's eyes.

"In the past, the road for 'Ying master' was very difficult to walk, but now there is a large venue for such events, the road surface is more spacious and the environment is much better." Chen Qiang recalled that in the past, there were more old houses, and weeds and paper scraps everywhere were easy to cause fires. Now the "Ying master" is equipped with better safety measures, such as the fire dragon, which has a relatively perfect fire emergency plan.

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