BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — At the premiere of the Chinese Spectacular at Bratislava’s Slovak National Theater on Sunday evening, the audience honored the performers with an enthusiastic standing ovation.
Zuzanna Zestakova, editor-in-chief of a publishing company, said she was impressed by the energetic drumming acts, the Mongolain Bowl Dance and Lightness and Grace.
“Basically I like all those traditional dances,” said Zestakova, adding that she also appreciated the spiritual component in the show.
“I think just the very important universal, beautiful message of Truth, Compassion and Tolerance, and trying to work on our development and our consciousness...that is the universal thing… Everybody should really work on ourselves, try to build up our consciousness.”
Zestakova commented on the two acts that depict the persecution of Falun Gong in China. Falun Gong is a meditation practice and spiritual discipline that has been brutally suppressed by the communist regime since 1999.
“They quite openly show the difficulties in China, the communist oppression. I think this is very courageous, people need to know more and more about that, really need be aware of that because China has had such a strong spiritual, philosophical and culture — one of the strongest cultures in the human world.”
Zestakova said people — and especially the Chinese diaspora — should press for change in China.
“It’s really important, that people everywhere, and most of all probably Chinese people themselves eveywhere in the world should be doing something like… maybe slowly build some pressure or something, that will bring change in China.”
She added that it also crossed her mind during the show that, “Wow, I’d like to know what Chinese officials thinking and doing about this show.”
“And this is why I think it’s amazing, in this national theatre, it’s not like some alternative club or something, it’s theater. So you know it’s like big official cultural event. It is very good to have happened.”
After Bratislava, the Spectacular will carry on to play in Prague. A total of 35 shows will be seen in 14 European countries.
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