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Lion Dance Compton Versey 2004

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On July 10th, the Sil Lum Kune Lion Dance team travelled to Compton Verney House to perform a traditional Chinese Lion Dance.

Compton Verney House is situated on the south west of Warwick and is set in 120 acres of land. The building dates from 1760’s and was originally designed and built by Robert Adam, with the grounds and lake by designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Over the last ten years the house has been restored and converted into an art museum and is now a grade 1 listed building. Attached to the museum is an education office, which promotes art and culture in the local schools and communities. To date the Compton Verney House trust, which runs the gallery, has spent around £64 million restoring the buildings and acquiring exhibits to go in the galleries. The house and museum fully opened to the public in March 2004.

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Sil Lum Kune where asked to perform the Lion Dance as part of a promotion of Chinese art. Compton Verney houses the largest collection of ancient Chinese art outside London. The Compton Verney House trust wanted to promote this collection, and with the help of the Warwickshire Chinese Community Association, set up a special event featuring workshops on Chinese calligraphy, silk painting, dragon making, as well as displays of Tai Chi, and of course Lion Dance.

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In the afternoon, the team moved into the courtyard area outside the main house. This gave them more room for the dance and allowed them to perform a dance called ‘Lion eats the snake’.

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For the last dance of the day, the team moved back inside the house, to the restaurant area. They again performed ‘Lion eats the snake’. This was followed by a marital arts demonstration. Although this had not been originally planned, Sifu Burkinshaw offered the services of the team, so that the public could see another aspect of Chinese culture. Although not able to perform theirnormal demonstration due to the lack of space, the team put on an excellent display of open hand forms and self defence techniques.

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Written By Kevin Redgrave,

Student Of Sil Lum Kune