NEW YORK—On the opening night of its 15-show run at Radio City Music Hall, Divine Performing Arts Chinese New Year Splendor wowed the audience with its authentic portrayal of traditional Chinese culture.
PJ Gibson, Professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said she really enjoyed the show.
"Beautiful colours, and I loved the contralto…it was just a wonderful experience learning more about the Chinese culture, particularly the older mythologies, it was just beautiful."
Gibson has a Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Drama, Religion and English. She is a published writer and playwright, and has won awards and received proclamations from around the US. Her works have been presented throughout the U.S., Europe, and Africa.
As a writer, she said she understood that telling stories that can be transmitted in different languages is a gift, and that in the performances, the visuals help tell the story.
"We would have not been able to understand the Chinese—those of us who don't speak Mandarin or Cantonese—but we could see the stories and understand the themes of what was going on. I thought it was very well presented, and anyone and everyone would enjoy it."
"I loved the fans, those are beautiful. I'm very, very happy to be here for the Chinese New Year."
Christine Kung, a volunteer for the Women's Federation for World Peace also spoke very highly of the show.
"Just a beautiful show, very inspiring, very educational; an incredible artistic performance that I think everybody in the world should see, and it should help everybody to become more peaceful and true."
The Women's Federation for World Peace is an NGO based on the idea that "Humankind is a Family living in one Home, the Earth." It engages in non-profit work aimed at promoting peace among peoples.
Kung commented on the performance that depicted the persecution of Falun Gong (also called Falun Dafa), a meditation practice and spiritual discipline currently being brutally suppressed by the Chinese regime.
"I think it's incredibly sad and incredibly wrong, the persecution of Falun Dafa, and it should be put to a stop immediately."
The Chinese New Year Splendor continues in New York through Saturday, Feb. 9. For other shows in the Divine Performing Arts world tour, please visit: www.DivinePerformingArts.org . The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of the Chinese New Year Splendor.