By Diana Hubert, Epoch Times Staff, Jan 13, 2008-
OTTAWA—Through its series of Spectacular shows, the Divine Performing Arts Touring Company has promised to entertain and educate its audiences in traditional Chinese culture by incorporating important values and meaningful messages into its performances.
Acclaimed Ottawa artist Audrey Churgin attended the Chinese New Year Spectacular at the National Arts Centre on Sunday night. She had high praise for the New York-based company’s skillful rendition of traditional culture.
“It’s wonderful! I’m absolutely blown away by the costumes, the colours, the dance; it’s such a treat to see of all the richness of the culture on stage.”
Churgin has taught at the Ottawa School of Art for over 20 years and is the executive director for MASC, an arts education organization. She is also a visual and sound artist whose extensive resume includes solo exhibitions in major cities across Canada and the U.S.
Churgin’s works, which range from oil paintings to audio productions, are produced with the collaboration of young children, thus creating a unique approach to her art.
“When I watched the dancers float across the stage it reminded me of so many overlays from different cultures interfacing with each other. There’s a strong interaction of cultures. There’s something very beautiful about it,” said Churgin.
Wherever the Spectacular plays, audiences have been captivated and touched by the show’s message of purity and goodness. China’s long history has given birth to a rich culture – a culture that has been important in passing down important values to countless generations.
“It was like theatre that is meant to keep you aware that you’re having an aesthetic experience all the time that you’re there and learn from it. It’s a fabulous show.”
The Ottawa performance, the first of 20 shows in Canada, played to a full house. The Spectacular will go on to play in Montreal and Toronto, before embarking on the European leg of its world tour, which includes a run at New York’s famed Radio City Music Hall.
“There are different barriers that we all have in our understandings of each other’s cultures,” said Churgin. “The opportunity to share in the vision and the understanding of other people is very strong.”
Since 2004, the Divine Performing Arts has been reclaiming China’s ancient traditions by staging the Chinese Spectacular in some of the world’s most prestigious venues. By the end of its tour, the show will have played to a total live audience of over 650,000 in more than 60 cities.
When it returns to Canada in the spring, the Spectacular will play in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.
The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of the Divine Performing Arts shows that will perform in over 60 cities worldwide in 2008. To find a show near you, please visit www.bestchineseshows.com.
– Source: The Epoch Times