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Extraordinary, World Class Chinese Spectacular

For Immediate Release: 17 April 2008

Principal Dancer and Choreographer Vina Lee
Extraordinary, World Class Chinese Spectacular Graces Auckland

"I have never seen anything like it in my life. If they come back I am definitely going!"
- Auckland composer Estelle Diana Protheroe Cook

Leading a renaissance of genuine Chinese culture the Chinese Spectacular brings about a revival of the myths, legends, and divine beauty of ancient China - a culture that once made China the “Land of the Divine.”

The New York-based performers use expressions of Chinese classical dance to evoke themes of pure truthfulness, pure compassion, and pure beauty through stunning costumes, magical choreography, and grand stage design.

The Chinese Spectacular is the largest overseas Chinese cultural production in the world. This season, a live audience of over 650,000 people will attend more than 220 shows in 65 cities worldwide.

Crossing all language and cultural boundaries, the Divine Performing Arts Chinese Spectacular reaffirms the beauty and importance of traditional values and Chinese culture. The show’s designers and choreographers spent years researching all of these elements in order to bring back the traditional culture of China that was almost completely destroyed during the Cultural Revolution.

Internationally the show is drawing high praise by media, politicians, and music executives.

"I've never seen a dance company like it. I've seen the National Ballet, I've seen the New York City Ballet, and they dance from technique; but these people dance from the heart, from the soul.”
Kory Tylor choreographer, ballerina, singer, and dance teacher for 51 years.

“The cultural stories are very important and there's a thread coming through of not letting go of the past to inform the future.”
Trevor Thwaites, Auckland University visual and creative arts principal lecturer.

“I am pleased to extend my warmest greetings to everyone attending the 2008 Chinese New Year Spectacular...a celebration of the rich customs that are an integral part of Chinese culture.”
Stephen Harper, Canadian Prime Minister, 2008.

"It is world class...this [show] will stand up against anything in the world.”
Heather Ostertag, one of Canada's most influential music executives.

“We are looking forward to seeing this show – we believe it's had tremendous write-ups overseas.”
Triangle TV CEO James Blackman, February 2007

The Divine Performing Arts Chinese Spectacular in New Zealand is presented by New Tang Dynasty Culture & Arts Exchange Inc. and the Falun Dafa Association of New Zealand.

Divine Performing Arts Chinese Spectacular April 2008

Thursday 17th at 7:30pm
Friday 18th at 7:30pm
Saturday 19th at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, THE EDGE, Auckland


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