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Divine Performing Arts Show Honored in Taipei
Taiwanese Vice President and Other State Dignitaries Praise the Ensemble's Premiere Performance
The Epoch Times
The Divine Performing Arts ensemble introduced its premiere performance at the Taipei Cultural Center on the evening of April 7, 2007.
This was the first of fifteen shows performed in five major cities throughout Taiwan, including Taichung, Chiayi, Tainan, and Gaohsing. Through the beauty and grandeur of Chinese culture, the ensemble has been captivating audiences in many cities in North America, Germany, France, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.
The wonderful performance at the Taipei Cultural Center touched audiences deep in their hearts. Many shed tears of delight and appreciation while watching the show. Smiles graced each performance and everyone gave warm applause.
The island of Taiwan boasts the most Chinese people in the world, aside from the mainland, and they still keep close ties to their traditional Chinese culture. For this reason, members of the Divine Performing Arts troupe felt a special connection to this special island.
One performer, Guan Guimin, said that on this, his first visit Taiwan, he felt as if he was coming home; he was delighted in hearing the Chinese language being spoken.
Another performer, Falun Gong practitioner and mainland Chinese native Jiang Min, who is unable to return mainland China because of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s persecution of Falun Gong, agreed that the visit was like a homecoming. He was certain that a traditional Chinese cultural performance such as that offered by the ensemble would be well understood in Taiwan.
Tickets for the first show were sold out in just three hours, revealing the public's strong support of traditional Chinese culture. Many renowned Taiwanese figures attended the performance—individuals from the fields of art, media, business, education and politics, including Vice President, Lu Hsiu-lien, who came for this momentous occasion. One could clearly see Taiwan's reverence and appreciation for their ancient culture.
Portraying the Cultural Essence
Vice President Lu Hsiu-lien offered a brief speech at the performance, praising the Divine Performing Arts ability to portray the cultural essence of both the Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD) and the Tang Dynasty (618–907 AD), prosperous times in Chinese history.
Vice President Lu said that she hoped this wonderful performance could inspire peace between the straits.
Renowned choreographer, Dr. Liu Feng-Hsueh, praised the Divine Performing Arts' ability to blend ethnic characteristics with modern features. She was moved by every program, noticing that although members of the ensemble are quite young, they performed beautifully.
"Watching the Divine Performing Arts performance not only is enjoyable, but makes one think and cleanses the entire heart," remarked Li Chi-mao, a professor at Arts University and a painter-calligrapher. "Today, as morality is degenerating, I am fortunate to see such a wonderful performance given by the Divine Performing Arts ensemble. It is truly a cleansing event. The performance of this troupe is worth promoting."
Li went on to explain that this performance presented not only the culture of the prosperous Tang Dynasty, but also of Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism. He especially appreciated how each portion of the program was explained and worded, and suggested that it be translated into each language as the Divine Performing Arts ensemble goes on tour. He said that audiences around the world should experience this extraordinary grace.
Central Standing Committee Member Praises Ensemble
"The cultural connotation that the programs presented showed the diversity of Chinese culture. The various cultures were presented beautifully," said Kuomintang Central Standing Committee member, Ms. Chiang Fang-Chih, the third daughter-in-law of Chiang Ching-Kuo, (the son of Chiang Kai-shek and former President of Taiwan).
She praised the Divine Performing Arts' ability to promote Chinese culture through art, noting that each dancer performed well and had a gentle smile. She was impressed most with the program "Candlelight Vigil."
"The whole world should have light, hope and direction. The program not only was artful, but expressed that the human world must have belief and purpose," she said.
"Chinese culture is truly great," said Ms. Chiang, "Each program was deeply meaningful."
Chiang Hsia, former general manager of a Taiwanese TV Station said the performances were excellent and each performer was beautiful. Chiang even wished to learn the Chinese dance she saw in the show. "If I learn Chinese dance, my body will be as beautiful as these girls," she said with a smile.
"I read reports that the CCP tried to suppress the Divine Performing Arts, said Chiang, "I thought that the CCP was ignorant [for making this statement] because the programs do not have any political content. If the CCP had any confidence, it would instead support such an art troupe."
"Culture is based on life," remarked Chiang, considering the historical reference in the performance. "If you take away culture, life is only a shell. In seeing the spirit of Yue Fei, traditional culture, even Taiwan's life, all this suggests that our common culture can be a model to learn from." She said she would bring her children along to next year's performance.
Hu Yuan-Hsin, General Manger of a Public TV Station, came to the show with his wife. He noticed that the performance was able to promote the very essence of Chinese traditional culture.
As a former director of the Central News Agency, Mr. Hu is a keen observer of the current society. He noticed that people of different beliefs would be able to resonate with the ideals of truth, compassion and belief that the performance presented.
"People of different backgrounds and different beliefs can have common understanding through the performances and understand Falun Gong's spirit," he said.
Mr. Hu was most impressed with a portion of the program entitled "A Dunhuang Dream," adding, "the two songs, 'Why Refuse' and 'Tiananmen Please Tell Me,' help people understand the problems facing Falun Gong. For those who know about Falun Gong, this is [an opportunity to have a] deeper understanding of practitioners' beliefs."
An Audience Favorite
Chiao Ren, former Director of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwanese Strait, and his wife were also quite moved by the performance. "I was invited by Professor Ming Chu-Cheng of Taiwan University," explained Chiao.
"Though I don't know much about the arts, I felt the performance was very good." Regarding the CCP's interference to the Divine Performing Arts, he said "Religion and art should have freedom. Any free society should move towards this goal."
After watching the first half of the show, Bao Tsung-he, Vice President of Taiwan University, commented that he was most impressed with the erhu performance, remarking that Qi Xiaochun's energetic offering was quite touching.
Wang Tu-fa, member of the Legislative Committee, said the performance was excellent. He remarked that culture and art do not have national boundaries, and even contribute to world peace. He expressed a hope that, through cultural performances such as this, China and the entire world could move toward peace.
Wang was impressed with the portion of the program known as 'To the Rightful Place,' which illustrated how good is rewarded with good, and evil meets retribution.
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