A night on the Silk Road

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Text and photos by THE ORIGAMI STAFF

The Bata Shoe Museum celebrated Asian Heritage Month May 24 with a gala performance that featured Asian-Canadian artists who explored the theme, “The Silk Road Connecting the East and the West.”

The Silk Road was a network of East to West trade route from China to the Mediterranean Sea in the second century B.C., which also became a conduit for cross-cultural exchange and pollination.

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Justin Poy, honorary chair of Asian Heritage Month speaks about how far the city has come, recalling how because of racism he was ashamed to admit that he was of Chinese descent. Photo by: The Origami

 

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Dr. Neville Poy and Sen. Vivienne Poy gave the audience a “Glimpse of the Silk Road” via PowerPoint presentation that showed lush photographs taken by Dr. Poy during a trip to West China. Poy, a retired plastic surgeon and avid photographer, is the brother of former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson. Senator Poy — a fashion designer, author and entrepreneur — is the first Canadian of Asian descent to be appointed to the Senate of Canada. Photo by: The Origami

 

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Prof. Chan Ka Nin, an acclaimed and Juno Award winning Chinese-Canadian composer, and mezzo soprano Erica Iris (with Alice Ho in the piano, behind) perform music that included a Byzantine chant and Mongolian folk song. Photo by: The Origami

 

 

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Chi Ping Lau and Lisa Lee perform a Cantonese opera. Photo by: The Origami

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The Dunhuang Chamber Ensemble, who specialize in yan-quin, a Chinese stringed instrument, perform “Festival in Tian Mountain. Photo by: The Origami

 

 

Gauri Guha and Harpal Singh Kalla

Classical Indian musician Gauri Guha and Harpal Singh Kalla (with tabla)  perform “Festival of Colours called Holi” and “Season Spring.” Photo by: The Origami

 

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The Chi-Ping Dance Group performs “Buddha with a thousand hands.” Photo by: The Origami

 

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Mehdi Rezania, Iranian-Canadian santur player and composer, performs his own composition, “A Dance in a Persian Garden.” Photo by: The Origami

 

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Sonja Bata, founding chair of Bata Shoe Museum, chats with performers after the show.Photo by: The Origami

 

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Posing for posterity. Photo by: The Origami

 

Sonja Bata, founding chair of Bata Shoe Museum, chats with performers. Photo: The Origami

Sonja Bata, founding chair of Bata Shoe Museum, chats with performers. Photo: The Origami

Chi-Ping Dance Group. Photo by: The Origami

Chi-Ping Dance Group. Photo by: The Origami

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