Taichung, Taiwan: Divine Performing Arts Chinese Spectacular Debuts in Taichung, Presidents of Colleges and Universities Attend (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net) On March 8, 2008, the Divine Performing Arts New York Company successfully concluded its performances of the Chinese Spectacular in Kaohsiung, and traveled to the cultural city of Taichung, where there will be five shows given at the National Chung Hsing University. The first two shows were presented to a full house, and many people from the field of education were in attendance.
Divine Performing Arts Chinese Spectacular in Taichung premiered to a full house on March 9, 2008.
The audience watches the Divine Performing Arts Chinese Spectacular intently in Taichung
The audience enjoyed the Divine Performing Arts Chinese Spectacular in Taichung
Former President of National Chung Hsing University: "Divine Performing Arts leads us into a pure land in the human world."
Former President of National Chung Hsing University, and President of Chung Chou College, Professor Peng Chuo-kui and his wife attended the evening Chinese Spectacular on March 8, 2008. They noted with praise that the Divine Performing Arts Chinese Spectacular carries forward Chinese traditions, has a high artistic level, a precise arrangement and design, and contains profound meaning. It is even more meaningful that the show was performed by overseas Chinese.
Former President of the National Chung Hsing University, Professor Peng Chuo-kui, at the Chinese Spectacular in Taichung
"The opening piece, 'Descent of the Celestial Kings' transported us into the Buddha's Paradise, and we entered a pure land in the human world. And then we came to the end of the first half of the show with the dance piece, 'Drummers of the Tang Court.' From the stately paradise to the majestic human world, the design was quite thoughtful and really admirable," Professor. Peng was deeply impressed by the diversity of the performance, featuring folk dances from the Han, Mongolia, Manchu and Tibetan ethnicities. He also praised the dancers' professional skills.
Mr. Peng pointed out that the performances that reflected belief and spirit were particularly touching. "When cultivators are subjected to political interference and persecution, if they do not have faith, do not make sacrifices for upholding justice, generally speaking, they would find it hard to endure and tolerate such tribulations. When the three words, 'Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance' that the cultivators persist in appeared on the rear screen, they struck the right chord with the audience, who responded with enthusiastic applause. I think this is a manifestation of the show's success. It is greatly inspiring for humanity to pursue freedom of belief."
President of a Veterinary College: "Divine Performing Arts conveys the core values of Chinese culture."
The President of a Veterinary College, Professor Shie Kui-le, said that the Divine Performing Arts Chinese Spectacular combines elegant Chinese classical dances with modern high technology, and perfectly presents well-known historical stories and legends in China. It is beyond his imagination, very moving and impressive. The show has a huge lineup, the costumes are well-tailored and gorgeous, very appealing. The story of Hou Yi shooting down the nine suns ("Ladies of the Moon") was expressive and lively. "Loyalty of Yue Fei" was soul-touching, and the last piece of the first half of the show "Drummers of the Tang Court," was very powerful and inspirational, making one feel energetic. Looking at the show from an educational perspective, Prof. Shie said the Divine Performing Arts conveyed precious traditional culture and core values in Chinese culture that have been lost in the modern chaotic world, such as the sense of justice. Prof. Shie's wife added, "I found what I had read in history books was all presented thoroughly within such a short period of time. The ancient stories and legends have been an impression and an imagination in my mind, but today, they were vividly presented in front of my eyes. The celestial maidens' dancing in the first performance 'Descent of the Celestial Kings,' was absolutely magical. The most beautiful part was their hand movements, so rich, exquisite and gentle. Their dance steps were so light, like floating in the air, full of divine spirit."
President of Science Academy: "The dances are light and serene, releasing people from the heaviness of the mundane world."
President P.W.Huang commented that the Divine Performing Arts Chinese Spectacular is a grand feast that combines the essence of art in western and Chinese culture from ancient times to the present. He said, "The show was wonderful and moving, I enjoyed it very much. The dances 'Nymphs of the Sea' and 'Water Sleeves' were really beautiful. They were light and serene, setting people free from the heaviness of the mundane world." "The show like today that is pure, traditional and classical, is rarely seen even in Taiwan. Young people are quite modern, I was surprised that the theater was filled to capacity. I have never seen so many people, the show this time really had the highest attendance. Such dances and traditional things, attracted so many people to come and see--I think it is because such a thing has been lost for quite a long time, and now the Divine Performing Arts has rediscovered it." From an educator's point of view, President Huang thought the show has a positive influence over the society, and plays a role of purifying people's mind and educating people's hearts. Though the presidents found different impressive parts from the Divine Performing Arts Chinese Spectacular, they all hoped that the Divine Performing Arts will carry on Chinese culture and spread it even further. They also shared the impression that the Divine Performing Arts Chinese Spectacular is a rare educational opportunity, and they would like to recommend the show to all teachers and students in their colleges and universities, so that they can all come to appreciate the Divine Performing Arts Chinese Spectacular.