Ngan Siu Mui's Calligraphy, Painting and Seal Carving Exhibition
- The exhibition: Held in June 2002 in the premisses of the Chinese Traditional Culture Society, founded by Ngan Siu-Mui herself.
- The Benefit Banquet: The Banquet was sponsored by Mr Louis Lu and Mrs Ellen Wong, held in Lotté-Furama Restaurant. There were about 140 persons guests. The programs included:
- Orchestra by Paulo Ramos and his group
- Chinese Trio by Guan Yadong and her team
- Argintine Tango show by Ngan Siu-Mui and Jean-Yves Pelletier
- Dancing Music for the guests
Argentine Tango Show by Ngan Siu-Mui and Jean-Yves Pelletier
- 1988 Artist Ngan Siu-Mui settled down in Montreal. She made up her mind to introduce the Chinese calligraphy, an unique Chinese traditional visual art, to the western society. Since the traditional way of teaching this art is not easy to understand, most of the people lose interest and confidence because of the boring learning process.
Ngan put her energy to find a new method to teach calligraphy. In recent years, through her learning of western dancing, she deeply understands the wonderful contrast between calligraphy and dancing. According to this she changes the traditional method of teaching calligraphy. She uses dancing to explain the technique and the appreciation of the art. Using a simple but thorough procedure, she makes the learning of calligraphy interesting and time saving. At the same time, she simplifies the way of appreciate this profound abstract art.
- Calligraphy and dancing are synchronized movement. There is gracefulness in movement for both arts. However they differ in their medium of expression: lines written by brush on paper for calligraphy, postures of movements for dancer. One can appreciate both arts according to four elements: weight, space, time and fluency. Weight is referred to the light and heavy movements, space to locus of the movements, time to duration of the movements, and fluency to the energy control of the movements.
- Calligraphy is the expression of the inner life and the sentiment of the artist, so it is named as “Mind painting”. The elegant strokes of calligraphy are the review of the beauty of the human nature.
- Argentine Tango is a self-seeking dancing. Its’ steps review the sad sentiment. The dancers express their passion discreetly without laughing and licentiousness. An Argentina dances Tango to think about his destiny and the pessimism of life.
- Ngan Siu-Mui chooses Argentine Tango as a media to review the beauty of Chinese calligraphy, and through her Tango performance to explain the three stages of arts:
- FIRST STATE
This night the wind went through the withered foliage,
I went up lonely to the top of the house, And I scrutinized beyond the farthest horizon.
- SECOND STATE
My belt hangs loosely on my waist and I have no regret
It is to his remembrance that I sacrifice myself.
- THIRD STATE
Among the crowd I looked for him a thousand times,
And suddenly I turn my head,
Here he is, in the dim light of the lamp.