Qi Xi: A Chinese Love Story: photo gallery
A cast of over 150 actors, dancers, martial artists and musicians gathered by the Chinese Fine Arts Society took to Millennium Park August 22 to reenact the story of a princess, cowherd and the origin of the Milky Way galaxy for Qi Xi (“chee shee”), also known as “Chinese Valentine’s Day.”
If it rains on the seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar—called Tanabata in Japan and Chilseok in Korea—the princess Zhinü is said to be crying tears of happiness at being reunited with her husband, Niulang. This year, though, it appears she was just plain happy: the weather was perfect.
Following the 90-minute performance, which traveled from the Bean to Wrigley Square, Crown Fountain and back again, CFAS artistic director Nina Chen Sobota said she hopes to make the epic dramatization an annual event.
Program Director: Kathy McMahon
Choreography: Jin Qiu Yue
Performers: All Star Kung Fu, Championship Martial Arts, the Chicago Chinese Cultural Center’s Lion Dancers, Cheng Da Percussion Ensemble, Jin Qiu Yue Dance Studio, Little Star Dance Troupe, Music Insitute of Chicago and Skyland Chinese Opera Troupe.
Photos by Zachary Whittenburg