by Xinhua writer Zhou Liang
BISHKEK, March 17 (Xinhua) -- Hundreds of Kyrgyz audiences watched with great interest a Chinese martial arts show at the Wushu Theater here on Friday.
In recent years, the practice of Chinese martial arts, known as Wushu, has achieved considerable growth in Kyrgyzstan, said Natalia Neshcheret, vice president of the Federation of Traditional Wushu of Kyrgyzstan, who is also a world champion and European champion in Traditional Wushu.
Neshcheret, also director and scriptwriter of the play, said that the fairy tale "Double Lights" involved about 60 Wushu athletes aged from six to 60 year-old.
"Everybody who were involved in the play: script writers, actors, directors, costumers and all of them are Wushu-athletes. All of them practice Wushu, and study Chinese martial art, Qigong, philosophy and culture of China," she said.
The fairy tale is about beings living in different realities and how to overcome darkness in the heart and reveal itself to magical radiance.
"The aim of staging such a play is the inspiration of adults and children for the very best in every person: goodness, power and beauty," she told Xinhua.
"Today's play is focused on power and beauty in day and night. It means that power and beauty is everywhere. And every person needs to coincide goodness in day and night," the director said.
One of the Wushu athletes, Tayana Pak, said that she has been practicing Wushu for about 20 years. She brought her daughter in as she had some health problems, and later they recovered from illness.
"Wushu is the system of disclosure of human qualities, talent. Due to Wushu, my daughter became purposeful, strong-willed and kind," she told Xinhua.
Natalia Ponomareva came to watch the play with her son Maxim. "We liked the play very much. It was a real fairy tale. My sons also train in Wushu section and we saw our trainers on the stage. It was very interesting," she said.
The Wushu Theater has been operating in Kyrgyzstan since 1999 and since then Wushu actors stage various fairy tales and plays on the topic of martial art and eternal values once a year.