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Divine Arts Welcome in Taiwan
AFAR
4/18/2007



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The U.S. Divine Performing Arts Troupe concluded its tour of Taiwan in Chia Yi County on April 21, 2007. This marked the final of its fifteen shows performed in five cities throughout Taiwan. The curtain fell to the loud applause of the audience.

Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian and Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang sent flower baskets to congratulate the success of the Divine Performing Arts Troupe's tour of Taiwan.

On March 10, the U.S. Divine Performing Arts Troupe started its performance tour in Japan, a country deeply rooted in Eastern culture. It then toured Australia and New Zealand. The first of its fifteen shows in Taiwan, where the official language is Chinese, was on April 7.

The troupe's fifteen shows across north, central and south Taiwan have played to large audiences. Each show touched audiences deep in their hearts. Many shed tears while watching the show, which manifests that the beauty of art lies in the expression of true feelings.

The Essence of Culture Will Improve Quality of Life

Liao Kun-jung, Dean of Department of Political Science of the National Chung Cheng University said: "It is really spectacular! The beauty of the performances is beyond description. Each program was made with great efforts. Wonderful! I am amazed that Chinese traditional culture can be naturally displayed in such a way."

Liao also expressed his opinion that many arts have become distorted, and human values have been also changed. As a teacher, he is concerned about a strong influence of those distorted things on the children of this generation.

"To describe how I feel, I wish we had more programs like those presented by the Divine Performing Arts Troupe, to wake up the Chinese traditional values deep down in our hearts," said Liao. "This would for certain improve the quality of life in today's world."

The Programs Convey Compassion and Harmony

Legislative Council member Chang Shuo-wen said that the harmony and peace of the performances touched him. Even without the words, Chang said that he could feel the godly compassion conveyed by the programs.

He was very impressed by the dance "A Dunhuan Dream," which describes man's firm belief in Buddha and Buddha's guidance for good and kind people. "The scenic backgrounds were all very attractive," said Chang. "The performances are very significant."

A Feast of Art Worth Watching One after Another

The Janfusun Fancy World Corp. has created thousands of job opportunities in central Taiwan. The company often sponsors charity events in Taiwan. Yu Kuo-Chien, vice president of the Janfusun Fancy World, attended a show of the Divine Performing Arts Troupe during its Taiwan tour.

"I was deeply moved after watching the show," said Yu.

"Today's society lacks this kind of cultural program. This is a cultural education difficult to find. Nowadays, everywhere there are signs of cultural degradation. The Great Tang Culture that the Divine Performing Arts showcased indeed is the culture handed down by gods. The performances are vital in performing their education role and purifying the people's souls. The performances provide a clear path toward the truth. It needs to be promoted and shown to all."

People Know about Reincarnation between Heaven and Earth

Lee Ming Jen, President of National Chiayi University, said that he was deeply touched by the performance. The Divine Performing Arts Troupe's artistic technique fascinated him. "At the very beginning of the program, "Creation" opened an entirely new perspective for people in the audience," said Lee.

"It tells the story of how people came to the earth. It was the will of God that sent people to the earth, carrying messages from Heaven and doing both evil and good. Sometimes, people don't know what is the will of God. As a result, they make mistakes. Many times, one has to follow the path to God so as to step on the right path."

Bring Chinese Arts Back to Traditions

Jai Ben-Ray, Dean of the Social Science College at the Nanhua University, said, "For a long time, the Chinese had been highly influenced by the Western arts. Once art was mentioned, we would feel that art seems to be Mozart's music or Western ballet. Consequently, over the past hundred years, the Chinese have been very limited in their artistic expression. Subconsciously we did not believe the Chinese arts could be developed."

"However," said Jai, "Watching today's performance, my feeling is that the Chinese arts can be developed in many fields. Today, I saw that the stage settings, backdrops, background music, art expression, vocal singing, art design as well as the expression of the content can all be different from the Western world. It can all be new and innovative, but it can also return to the values of traditional Chinese culture."

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