Earlier this month, Big Fat Smile presented Dream Field – a celebration of Chinese Ballet and traditional music. The performance was offered free to families and friends of Big Fat Smile, bringing elite youth ballet, traditional song and the unique sounds of the zither to Wollongong. “It’s a first of its kind for Wollongong and a proud moment for Big Fat Smile”, said Bill Feld, Big Fat Smile Managing Director & CEO. An excited crowd of 500 gathered at the IPAC in Wollongong to enjoy the beautiful performances by eight elite youth ballet dancers from Mianyang City’s Boyuan Art School. For many in the audience, this was their first taste of a professional ballet performance.
The program also included a traditional songstress and an expert zither player, both selected for their captivating performances, and to present lesser-known elements of Chinese performance art.
After the performances, children in the audience were thrilled with the opportunity to have their photo taken with the beautiful ballet dancers and get a closer look at their intricate costumes.
Big Fat Smile presented the event as part of its larger educational, cultural and arts exchange with China. “Big Fat Smile is Australia’s number one quality performer in early education and care and is proud of its leadership in cultural exchange.” “With more than 10% of all new arrivals in Australia of Chinese heritage, it’s important that we develop strong connections and a deeper understanding of family aspirations”, said Mr Feld. “What better way is there to engage, promote understanding, and bring people together, than through outstanding performance art”, he said.