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Final Countdown to 5000 Years of Culture

By Sarah Matheson
Epoch Times Auckland Staff
Apr 04, 2007

The mighty Civic theatre, venue of the Divine Performing Arts show this Thursday at 2pm and 7.30pm. (Dai Bing/The Epoch Times)

Tickets to the Divine Performing Arts show are just hours away from selling out, before it explodes on to the stage at Auckland's Civic theatre tomorrow, April 5.

The New Zealand spokesperson for the show, Daisy Lee, said the global tour of 30 cities had proven very popular with Westerners and Chinese alike, selling out very quickly through North America, Europe, Australia last week, and Taiwan—the troupe's next destination.

She said all the premium tickets were sold just four days in to promotions so a matinée performance was added. The overwhelming success of the shows at the Oscar Theatre in Los Angeles and all seven shows in four days at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan were a key reason why New Zealand organisers invited the performance to New Zealand.

She said the performers were passionate about recreating China's ancient traditions and cultural values that were largely destroyed during the 1960's Great Cultural Revolution and wanted to bring the show to the widest audience possible. The show also includes traditional dances from Mongolia and Tibet, she said.

"This is the only opportunity for New Zealanders to enjoy such a genuine traditional Chinese show," she said.

A 50 percent discount to the 2 p.m. show was being offered to senior citizens and full time students through the ticket hotline.

The venue of the show is The Civic Theatre in downtown Auckland, an historic building first built in 1929. It is one of only seven remaining atmospheric theatres in the world, with a 'dome' ceiling full of stars depicting an Autumn night sky. The roof is actually flat, but is painted to create a dome effect.

The Civic recently underwent a $42 milion restoration which was completed in 2000.

The internationally acclaimed show was ranked the seventh best international show in the U.S. in February last year by Billboard magazine.


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