Gravity-defying lion dance on high poles mesmerized shoppers at The Gardens Mall in Kuala Lumpur on Friday 19th February 2010.
The Kwong Ngai Lion Dance Troupe, who were 2004 Lion Dance World Champion and 2006 International Lion Dance Champion, performed their spectacular lion dance stunts on top of 3 - 10 ft. metal poles representing plum blossom trees.
The acrobatic lion dance performance kicked off with the "Dotting of the Lions' Eye" or "Hoi Gong" performed ceremoniously by The Gardens chief executive officer Antony P. Barragry.
The Gardens chief executive officer Antony P. Barragry (right) arrived for the ceremonial "Dotting of the Eyes" ceremony or "hoi gong" to bring the lion to life. It is a Chinese tradition ceremony of painting in the eye of the Chinese lion before the start of the lion dance to awaken the spirit of the lion.
The Gardens CEO Antony P. Barragry dotting the right eye of the first lion with a brush ....
... and then the left eye of the lion. The brush that was used to perform the ceremony is said to help against ill health.
The Gardens CEO Antony P. Barragry proceeded to do the same on the second lion. First he dotted the right eye ....
.... and then the left eye.
After the eye-dotting ceremony, the twin lions came alive as the spirits were brought into the creatures.
The lions performed amid a thunderous roar of drums, gongs and cymbals.
Lion dances are performed during Chinese New Year to bring good luck and to drive away bad spirits.
The lion entertained the shoppers with their antics.
Acrobatic lion dancers perform breath-taking stunts on top of the high-poles.
The lion calculating its moves before walking on the tight wires.
The lion jumps, bounces, hops and leaps to bring happiness and luck.
The crowd were captivated by the lion's perilous stunts of jumping and balancing on the tight wires.
The lion walking on tight wires.
The acrobatic movements of the lion dance are a sight to see.
The big crowd of shoppers who were completely mesmerized by the lion with its spectacular acrobatic performance.
Gravity-defying lion dance on high poles.
The crowd was amused by the playful creature.
The lion leaping from pole to pole to the beat of drums, gongs and cymbals.
Watching the acrobatic skills of the lion dancers balancing on poles is thrilling.
The twin lion dance performance entertained the crowd as well as spread good luck, good fortune, good health and prosperity.
The Gardens CEO Antony P. Barragry received a plate of pomelo and mandarin oranges from the lion.
The Gardens CEO Antony P. Barraygry and the twin lions striking a pose for the cameras.
The lion couched over swallowing up the mandarin oranges ...
... and then handing out the mandarin oranges to the crowd from its mouth.
A big crowd waiting to receive the mandarin oranges from the lion's mouth.
The Gardens CEO Antony P. Barragry (top right) was amused to see everyone crowding the lion to receive the mandarin oranges.
A young boy gives an ang pow packet to the lion.
The Gardens CEO Antony P. Barragry congratulates the twin lions for its graceful and majestic acrobatic performance.
Two young girls posing with the lions.