Divine Performing Arts Debuts in San Francisco and Wins Praise from Performing and Literary Artists (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net) Divine Performing Arts (DPA) International Company staged the first two of eleven shows of its Chinese New Year Spectacular in the War Memorial Opera House at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on January 7, 2009.
Vocalist from Shanghai: DPA is professional and beautiful
Vocalist Ms. Chen from Shanghai
Vocalist Ms. Chen has seen many Chinese companies' shows in the US but saw a DPA show for the first time on Wednesday. She said that the performers' artistic skills are very high and very professional. She singled out the excellent demeanor of the solo singers, the high level of their vocal skills, and the remarkable quality of their songs.
She said, "The company's management is very good, and the performers' skills are very good. I am fascinated. Their gestures are masterful. The overall effect of the choreography highlights different features and reflects rigorous and careful staging.
"The performers' gestures are a reflection of the careful management of the whole company. That is very important. In addition, the lighting and backdrops work together to create a harmonious and graceful whole. It is amazing that DPA has such a skilled group of performers of similar age and height, professionally trained and with comparable skills. This can be done only with good management and training by professional teachers."
Ballet Artist: I am fascinated by the DPA show
Ballet artist Francesca Malione and her daughter saw the first DPA Chinese New Year Spectacular show in San Francisco. She rated the performance as "absolutely outstanding." She enjoyed the music, dancing, costumes, color, choreography, and the performers' outstanding skills. She thanked the DPA for having spent "a fascinating afternoon."
Ms. Malione has been active in ballet circles for more than 40 years--since the 1960s. She is also a performing artist in Spanish dancing. She set up her own ballet company and went on tours to perform. She is a trainer and a choreographer.
Regarding the rich stories surrounding Chinese traditional dance, Ms. Malione said she was inspired by the spiritual content. "There is in-depth thinking needed in choreography to portray profound meaning." She enjoyed and appreciated what she saw. "Their skills were very good, powerful, and unique. Their dance steps and power were so elegant," she enthused.
Senior drama commentator: the show is stunning
A San Francisco senior drama critic saw the 7:30 p.m. showing of the Spectacular: "Very stunning, I enjoyed it very much. I have never seen such a wonderful show."
He said that the programs were very inspirational and touching and that he would comment favorably on the show. He thought that everyone would come back to see it again next year.
Chinese Writer: The programs are unparalleled
Writer Agnes Chen Brown
Chinese writer Agnes Chen Brown saw the first performance of the New Year Spectacular in San Francisco. She was fascinated by the pure Chinese traditional and folk dancing and the performers' outstanding skills.
Ms. Brown said, "The dancing is excellent and the costumes are very bright. The backdrops are special. My favorite was 'The Five Millennia Begin.'"
She has seen the DPA shows for the last several years. About this year's show, she said, "Unparalleled, quite marvelous. The programs seem to lead one to different realms."
Musician: The DPA performance is outstanding
Musician Fredy Estrada
Fredy Estrada is a musician. He liked the solo "Let Reason Prevail" by Soprano Xu Jianing. He praised her stage manner and the sound of her voice. "The Spectacular is stunning, especially the live orchestra."
Mr. Estrada plays piano and guitar and teaches and composes music. He thought that the Chinese New YearSpectacular was outstanding and he would recommend it to all his friends.
Remaining DPA shows of the Chinese New Year Spectacular in San Francisco:
7:30 p.m. on 1/9/2009, Friday
2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on 1/10/2009, Saturday
2:30 p.m. on 1/11/2009, Sunday
Ticket hotline: -888-joy-2009 (1-888-569-2009)
Address: The War Memorial Opera House
301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102
DPA Chinese New Year Spectacular shows in Cuptertino:
7:30 p.m. on 1/13/2009, Tuesday
2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on 1/14/2009, Wednesday
7:30 p.m. on 1/15/2009, Thursday
Ticket hotline: 1888-joy-2009 (1-888-569-2009)
Cupertino Flint Center
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014
For details, visit www.sfshow.net