New Zealand: Final Show of the Chinese Spectacular Presented in Auckland Amid Positive Audience Response (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net) On April 19, 2008, the ASB Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand was filled with applause as the Divine Performing Arts company concluded its fourth show of the Chinese Spectacular. The entire cast bowed three times for the audience during the curtain call as the Divine Performing Arts tour of New Zealand came to a wonderful conclusion. The Spectacular deeply impressed people from different circles of society, and many in the audience expressed anticipation for next year's performance.
New Zealand Republican Spokesperson: The show not only brought enjoyment but expressed rich emotions
Republican movement spokesperson and musician Jack Gielen is a dedicated composer with his own recording studio. He felt that the Chinese Spectacular not only brought visual enjoyment to the audience, but was an expression of rich emotion. He said, "I think the show was colorful, with concise story-lines, encompassing love and rich inner meaning. It's delightful to see such beautiful dancers. I also liked the magnificent drums. The drum beats expressed the scene of a battle, and that performance was full of masculinity."
Mr. Gielen learned much of the deeper meaning of Chinese culture through the show, "For example, I didn't know about the Manchu court ladies. Also the content on ethnic culture, such as their expression of feelings through dance. At the same time I came to know about Falun Gong. 'Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance' is very important to the whole world. It creates a fair and trustworthy world. So I very much enjoyed the entire show."
Mr. Gielen said he would like to record the Chinese Spectacular. "Actually I would like to record this experience, and portray the beauty brought to New Zealand by the Divine Performing Arts. It was just fantastic."
Auckland Councilor Professor Cathy Caseys and family
Auckland Councilor Professor Cathy Caseys and her husband Kees Lodder brought their two children to see the Spectacular. Both Ms. Caseys and her husband had much praise for the show, and expressed their enjoyment.
President of the Auckland Civil Rights Committee: The dancers were just fantastic
President of the Auckland Civil Rights Committee Mr. Barry Wilson (right)
President of the Auckland Civil Rights Committee Mr. Barry Wilson also had much praise for the Chinese Spectacular. He thought the dancers were fantastic, and exemplified harmony and peace. "'The Risen Lotus Flower' was a very good performance which represented the continuation and hope of life. This is a very different way of expression, very fresh."
He also enjoyed the piece, "Drummers of the Tang Court." Mr. Wilson said, "The show was so beautiful, so wonderful. Everything was so perfect."
Maori Chief: The Divine Performing Arts show encompassed the power of the divine
Upon seeing Divine Performing Arts' final show in New Zealand, Maori Chief Mr. Amato Akarana felt strongly that the show encompassed the power of the Divine
Maori Chief Mr. Amato Akarana
Maori Chief Mr. Amato Akarana is 75 years of age. He said that there was nothing one could fault within the performance. He said, "The show was excellent, every part encompassed the power of the divine. The male tenor expressed the power of the divine, and it all was coordinated as a whole. The timing of every performer's [movement], and the beautiful costumes were definitely worth seeing."
Renowned Ballet Dancer: The dances were beautiful, filled with wisdom
Renowned New Zealand ballet dancer Valerie Murray came to the show after strong recommendations from her parents. On April 19, she attended the last show of the Chinese Spectacular in Auckland, and enthusiastically praised the beauty and wisdom of the performances. "I especially like the one where the lady flew to the moon ("Lady of the Moon"), and the dance which depicted waves of the ocean ("Nymphs of the Sea"). It was so beautiful. I also liked the 'Mongolian Bowl Dance'. I feel the choreography was arranged with a lot of wisdom. I also liked the dance with pink weaving sleeves ("Water Sleeves"). I certainly loved all these dances. The feeling they gave me was so wonderful, so beautiful," she said.
Renowned New Zealand ballet dancer Valerie Murray
Ms. Murray repeatedly expressed her love for all of the performances, and said that the music moved her heart. She said, "I felt that the show was just magnificent. The beautiful costumes, magnificent backdrop design, and the stage design was perfect - without fault. It was just fabulous. The performances were extremely exciting, and left a deep impression on me. More important was the spiritual message conveyed by the show."
She deeply felt the message of peace and freedom, and said that every person should be able to live in freedom and peace. "I had already recommended the show to my dance students, especially those from China in my studio, and suggested that they to allow their children this opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Chinese culture. I really hope they all came tonight," said Ms. Murray.
City Council Infrastructure Manager: Innovative costumes, elegant dances
A manager from the City Council Infrastructure Department found the costumes to be innovative, and the dance performances very elegant. He said that he was happily drawn into the performance. "I liked the drum performances, and the 'Mongolian Bowl Dance'. The performances were great. The show really gives you a good feeling."
His mother, who saw the show with him, added, "I liked the 'Mongolian Bowl Dance' as well, but what I liked even more were the performances filled with deeper meanings. The one which displayed 'Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance' ('The Power of Awareness'). I loved all the costumes, and the drumming. Every piece was beautiful and enchanting."
ASB Bank Director: I feel the profoundness of Chinese culture
Ms. Li Jie is the customer service director of ASB Bank. She said through the Divine Performing Arts Chinese Spectacular, she could feel the profoundness of 5,000 years of Chinese culture. "This show makes me feel very proud. I think the costumes, the dances, and other aspects were all very good, outstanding. As a Chinese person, to be able to see our own dance presentation here, I feel a great pride."
Ms. Li particularly liked "The Mongolian Bowl Dance" and the drum performances, "because the drums creates a great atmosphere in the theater, and the 'Mongolian Bowl Dance' displayed superb dance technique," she said.
Mr. Li, from Beijing, said to the reporter, "The entire show was great. The costumes, standard of performance, and the backdrop were all great. Really nice!"