2009 Kaohsiung World Games Opening
The opening ceremony of the 2009 World Games went very well on 16 July(considering the amount of budget was given to the opening and the whole event) except that China boycotted the opening (mutual non-denial? One China, two interpretations? Haha!). The whole evening was themed around the Taiwanese culture and the local scenery of Kaohsiung. Here are some clips:
I couldn’t find the actual performance but a clip of their rehearsal. The lead dancer was the 84 year old dancer, Lee Tsai-e. The theme was the nature and the sea as Kaohsiung is a port city and has a river going through.
Taiwanese traditional puppet show
This dance incorporates the local Taoist religious ceremony
The firework was 100% authentic, no digitally enhanced pre-recorded image.
‘We are the Champions’ sung by Taiwanese singers Tiger Huang & Shin, British tenor, Russell Watson and Heyley Wenstenra from New Zealand. No lip-synching!
Tiger Huang singing Taiwanese song ‘Happy sailing’. Really, it was her voice. She did sing it and wasn’t just lip synching and posing there.
Going around the world and finally getting back to Kaohsiung. What awaits you is a energetic and vibrant city. The runner in the middle was Kevin Lin, a marathon runner and advanture athele. The show was performed by amatuers from the local dance and music groups as well as students from local colleges and university.