DENVER—The people of Colorado have long appreciated the awesome natural beauty of majestic mountain peaks and fields of colorful wildflowers. In the second of three performances in the Mile High City, The Divine Performing Arts "Chinese New Year Spectacular" inspired appreciation for a different kind of beauty, that of China's ancient culture.
Bob and Daffney Baker have business in China and have been there often. Daffney Baker was made "a little teary-eyed" by the show. She said, "It is wonderful, just wonderful. I love it. It is beautiful, just beautiful. The dancing is spectacular. The costumes are just fantastic."
Asked what his favorite part of the show was, Bob Baker said, "It is hard to choose between the drummers [and the dancers]. The drummers are so dramatically different from the grace of the dancers, which is just unbelievable."
Jan Platt thought the entire show "very beautiful," but found herself drawing comparisons with today's culture. She said, "It was very interesting to see it all, because it is not what you see in Western culture. And I thought it was better."
She was especially impressed by an act showing two boys in a Buddhist temple. She recognized in this story the principle from ancient Chinese civilization that those who do good get good in return and those who do evil get the opposite.
She commented, "That used to be our beliefs too, but I think things got a little lost over the years. So it was good to see that. A lot of us believe the same."
Sue Toms is a paralegal from Denver. She said, "In the final dance that referenced Falun Dafa, I could feel the importance and the emotions. The audience became so quiet I felt that it was reaching people."
Paige Burkholder and her husband Jim adopted their daughter from China four years ago. She said that she liked best "the watersleeves and the drums."
She liked "the drums for the intensity, and the watersleeves for the beauty." Paige reads Chinese novels and history, which she feels gave her a special appreciation for one of the numbers.
The Presley family of Craig, Colorado drove 200 miles to see the show. Asked what her favorite performance was, Mrs Presley said, "My favorite one was the second to the last—the Truth, Compassion, and Forbearance and how they over-threw the evil...I liked that a lot."
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