2016 Moon Festival San Diego

Saturday, September 10, 2016 @ 6PM

Organ Pavilion Balboa Park


6 PM | Organ Pavilion


Thunder Dagu Drummers & Dance | 6:00 PM

Performance by Xian Jian Dance Studio

Leaping Carp Dance 鲤鱼跳龙门

Chinese YoYo

The chinese yoyo (adapted in Western countries as the diabolo) is a toy from China consisting of two equally sized discs connected with a long axle. An alternating lifting and dropping motion using two sticks, each held in one hand, keeps the yo-yo spinning on a string tied between the sticks. In modern times, it is used as a children’s toy and as a performance tool in circus events like juggling and sometimes in Chinese dance. It is possible to perform a large variety of tricks with the diabolo which can be as easy as throwing the yo-yo up into the air or tossing it around the user’s back. It was found during the Ming dynasty; roughly 1386–1644.

Like the Western yo-yo, it maintains its spinning motion through a rotating effect based on conservation of angular momentum.

chinese yoyo

Changing Faces

Bian Lian (simplified Chinese: 变脸; traditional Chinese: 變臉; pinyin: Biàn Liǎn; literally: “Face-Changing”) is an ancient Chinese dramatic art that is part of the more general Sichuan opera. Performers wear brightly colored costumes and move to quick, dramatic music. They also wear vividly colored masks, typically depicting well known characters from the opera, which they change from one face to another almost instantaneously with the swipe of a fan, a movement of the head, or wave of the hand.

pic changing faces 川剧变脸

Juggling, Kicking Bowls

Singing/dueling voices


Korean Marching Drummers

Chinese Lion Dance | 7:30 PM

Lion dance (simplified Chinese: 舞狮; traditional Chinese: 舞獅; pinyin: wǔshī) 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. 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 often mistakenly referred to as dragon dance. An easy way to tell the difference is that a lion is normally operated by two dancers, while a dragon needs many people. Also, in a lion dance, the performers’ faces are only seen occasionally, since they are inside the lion. In a dragon dance, the performers’ faces can be easily seen since the dragon is held on poles. Chinese lion dance fundamental movements can be found in most Chinese martial arts.

There are two main forms of the Chinese lion dance, the Northern Lion and the Southern Lion. Both forms are commonly found in China, but around the world especially in South East Asia, the Southern Lion predominates as it was spread by the Chinese diaspora communities who are historically mostly of Southern Chinese origin. Versions of the lion dance are also found in Japan, Korea, Tibet and Vietnam. Another form of lion dance exists in Indonesian culture, but this is of a different tradition and may be referred to as Singa Barong.

Appearing will be:
Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA)
Southern Sea Lion Dancers

lion dance