NEW YORK—The Divine Performing Arts' 2007 Holiday Wonders will premiere in New York City's Beacon Theatre on December 18. This will be the first of many performances in its global tour joined by a cast of over 150 performers and its exclusive live orchestra, featuring acclaimed Chinese classical musicians.
Beacon Theatre on Broadway will present 10 Holiday Wonders performances December 18-26, 2007.
The Divine Performing Arts' New York and Global Tour teams will also perform in over 60 cities around the world the Chinese New Year Spectacular. According to Divine Performing Arts, the global tour will reach approximately 650,000 attendees worldwide.
Reviving Ancient Chinese Culture and Divine Grace
New Tang Dynasty Television (NTDTV) is the producer of the Divine Performing Arts' Holiday Wonders and Chinese New Year Spectacular. According to Mr. Li Zhong, the President of NTDTV, Divine Performing Arts will present world-class performances again in its 2008 performances and this year's new program will bring new surprises to the anticipative audiences.
According to Li Zhong, the essence of traditional Chinese culture, such as respect for Heaven, virtue, morality and sincerity, are gradually becoming extinct today. When Divine Performing Arts tours around the world, it will revive the long-forgotten divine traditional Chinese culture on stage.
Divine Performing Arts traditionally begins its performances of Holiday Wonders and Chinese New Year Spectacular every year. Holiday Wonders is featured during the Christmas holidays and the Chinese New Year Spectacular will be featured in the spring of the following year.
According to the information provided by Divine Performing Arts, this year's shows features dances inspired by ancient Chinese mythology and Chinese ethnic folk dances. The show also features classical Chinese vocal performances, instrumental music and classical Chinese dance. Divine Performing Arts intends to deliver a pure, sincere, and kind world. The combination of the beautifully designed scenes, music, and dance will deliver the essence of traditional Chinese divine culture.
Live Classical Orchestra
Divine Performing Arts' live orchestra is another feature of the show. The live orchestra features classical Western musical instruments, as well as traditional Chinese instruments. The live music, therefore, combines the best of Western and Chinese musical instruments.
The orchestra features classical musicians from acclaimed classical orchestras in the United States, North American musicians originally from Taiwan and China, and top-class musicians from China. They are Falun Gong practitioners who conduct themselves according to Falun Gong's cultivation principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. They strive to create new arts with a pure heart and an altruistic spirit.
Touring over 60 Cities Around the World
According to Li Zhong, Divine Performing Arts was very successful in its 2007 global tour. It toured to the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand and reached over 200,000 in attendance worldwide.
"We have received a lot of feedback from last year's audiences around the world that they are anticipating the Divine Performing Arts' arrival this year. In response to the overwhelming demand, Divine Performing Arts will increase its performances and tour to over 60 cities around the world. This year there will be over 150 artists in its cast. It can reach an estimated 650,000 attendees this year.
"In New York City alone, the Chinese New Year Spectacular will showcase 15 performances in New York City's Radio City from January 30 to February 9, 2008. There are over 5,000 seats for each performance. It can potentially reach an estimated 75,000 people."
A Brand New Program and a Brand New Surprise
"In 2007 and 2008 Divine Performing Arts will present world-class performances again and brand new programs," said Li Zhong. "We will feature a brand new program every year that is inspired by China's 5,000 years of traditional culture. This year's program will be even better than last year. We are confident to bring the audience a brand new surprise."
This year Divine Performing Arts adds classical ballet and brass instruments in the Holiday Wonders shows for Western audiences, Li explained.
Bring People to Return to Traditional Arts
Last year's tour of Divine Performing Arts amazed many audiences. That means the show is starting a renaissance of arts. Currently many performing arts around the world are no match to traditional arts in many aspects including the techniques, contents, and the impact on people. Divine Performing Arts presents traditional culture with traditional techniques and contents on international stages and has great influence on both Western and Chinese society, Li continued.
Li also added that many audiences shed tears during past performances. The purity, righteousness, kindness, and beauty of the content and marvelous artistic effects brought out people's yearning for beauty from the bottom of their hearts. People's traditional values echo with their lives'.
Divine Performing Arts
Based on the website (http://shenyun.us/gb/), in ancient times, China was called Shenzhou (the divine land), a land that was protected by God. Chinese culture is called the divine culture because in the past, people believed in God and people coexisted on the divine land. Chinese culture encompasses respect for heaven, valuing good deeds, and virtue.
Unfortunately the beautiful culture was trampled during the past 50 years with the Great Culture Revolution promoted by the Chinese Communist Party and the essence of art from the past five thousand years was almost extinguished.
Divine Performing Arts was established to inherit and create traditional arts for human kind and represent the essence of the divine arts of the East. The arts praise the beauty of life, the firm belief in God, and spread the respect and appreciation of God.
The dances are elegant, pure and delightful. All creations and programs are based on traditional divine culture. The shows trace back the five thousand years of culture and bring out the content and divine aspect of ancient culture.
The Holiday Wonders Online Ticket Purchases: http://holidaywonders.net/hw_tickets.php
By Phone: Call the New Tang Dynasty TV Ticket Office: 212-695-SHOW (7469) or call Ticketmaster at 212- 307-4111
For information about upcoming Divine Performing Arts shows, please visit: www.DivinePerformingArts.org.
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