央视国际 2003年04月16日 15:03
Shanghai is an international metropolis. As the city develops， people's material lives have improved dramatically. At the same time， residents are striving to enrich their cultural and intellectual life. They have set up a host of small performance groups to satisfy their various interests， gradually forming a unique community culture. It was this very community culture that prompted the organizational committee of the fourth China Shanghai Internationals Arts Festival to invite the German troupe for the first time， thus offering local residents an opportunity to communicate with international artists.
One of our goals to hold the Shanghai International Arts Festival was to make it not only a festival of artists but also a festival of common people.
These giant puppets from Australia also came to visit the locals， who immediately took to their engaging appearance and friendly behavior.
This puppets is very good and very beautiful.
This is the first time I have seen such huge puppets. It's really fun.
It's very creative.
This puppet Troupe form overseas has something in common with traditional China stilt artists. But local spectators couldn't help wondering how many people might be hiding inside such a giant puppet.
One person， on stilts.
We wear big puppets that 4 meters high， and you use your own feet， you put your own feet in the shoes and then you wear your own leg with the puppet legs. And your head comes up to the stomach. You have a lifter which you can pull to makes the arm go up， and another lifter which makes the other arm go up， and strings， which make the eyes shut and open， and the mouth open as well.
Off the stage and without their heavy props， we finally got to see what the artists actually looked like. This was their first trip to China and they very excited to meet the locals and visit different districts of the city.
This old man who reading used to be a Hu Opera singer before he retired. When he realized the Australian had come such a long way， he sang a piece of Hu opera just for them.
we're been outside and see people exercising and to see these lovely gentlemen， and to see the way they use the library and the community and the music and the books. So is very interesting.
We are honored to have so many friends from different countries to attend the Shanghai International Arts Festival. We hope that they could often visit shangHai and perform here so that we could communicate with each other.
Other locals also showed off their skills to the foreign artists. In Tianlin district， residents gave a spectacular display of shadowboxing and Chinese health balls.
I've never done Taichi before but many people in Australia and America do Taichi very often. And this women here， was showing how to do the thing with a ball on the end on a string. And you hit your arms. It's good for Chinese people.
We went to bond； we're very impressed about the skyline being on both side of the river. We're see many people in the street that are very friendly， everyone has a smile and greets.
For us， it's real an incredible opportunity to have a culture exchange. All of these information comes into us， and as artists， we are profoundly influenced by the things that that we see and the places that go， that the experiences that we here.
We hope to come back， come back to shanghai. And we would like to meet and talk with more people from shanghai and find out about living here.
In this international city of Shanghai， the Puppet Troupe artists found everything exciting. From the flavors of old Shanghai wafting out of narrow winding streets to the gleaming modern architecture of the city's new districts， the unique charm of Shanghai left an indelible impression on everyone.