TORONTO— When Mr. Rodrigues, an accomplished photographer, saw the Divine Performing Arts’ Yi Ethnic Dance on Sunday in Toronto, he was impressed.
“Beautiful colours, beautiful, beautiful! Very uplifting,” said Mr. Rodrigues who was also captivated by the choreography of the dance whose playful movements and silken rainbow-like skirts depict the joyful spirit of the Yi people, one of southern China’s largest ethnic groups.
“They were swinging their dresses and it kind of gave you that whole motion feeling. It was kind of nice,” he said.
Mr. Rodrigues, who has worked for advertising agencies nation-wide, has also employed his creative photography on brand name campaigns for the likes of Cambell’s, General Mills, Maple Leaf, Kraft, Tim Hortons, Jello-O, and Molson.
He said he was impressed by the aesthetic beauty of the entire show.
“Almost everything is a picture by itself,” he said.
Mr. Rodrigues, who brought his adopted 11-year-old daughter from mainland China, was also interested in the cultural aspect of the show.
“It was important for us to come and see it. That was really good.”
Divine Performing Arts will take to the stage twice more in Toronto on Tuesday and Wednesday evening before moving on to New York City’s famed Radio City Music Hall. Divine Performing Arts has two other dance company’s currently touring in the United States.
– The Epochtimes, Jan 11, 2009