TAIPEIóLu Hsiao-fen, winner of Taiwan's Golden Horse Award's Best Actress in 1983, attended the Divine Performing Arts' Chinese Spectacular at the Taipei International Convention Center on March 16.
Regarding the show, Lu Hsiao-fen thought it was very different from traditional theatrical performances. She said, "The animated screen was enhanced by sound effect, and it made me feel so lively. Compared to traditional performances, today's incredible performing arts, combined with visual and audio effects and vivid backdrops, afforded me great satisfaction!"
"The costumes were so colorful and bright; I felt they were pretty, beautiful and in harmony with the whole scene."
Regarding the dance stories, Lu Hsiao-fen said, "For example, the 'Lady of the Moon' was very feminine, beautiful. This folk tale needs no explanation. I felt it was a kind of narrative and theatrical performance, not purely a dance, and I liked that."
Talking about the 'Descent of the Celestial Kings,' Lu Hsiao-fen said, "Because I myself am studying Buddhism, it aroused sympathy in my heart! The scene of ten thousand horses galloping ahead came directly into the hearts of the audience!"
Lu Hsiao-fen continued, "These stage presentations could really move a person's deeply hidden heart, it was kind of moving, because nowadays it is so hard for people's hearts to be touched."
Lu Hsiao-fen thought, "Each story in the Spectacular show has a significant meaning. The performers committed themselves to joint efforts to make their performances more realisticóa creative innovation for artistry. The colorfully designed costumes and the overall stage scenes brought a kind of new meaning to me. It so touched me that I wanted to keep watching and had no intent to leave."
Finally, Lu said joyfully and excitedly, "It was so great that it aroused your childhood memories of what you had learned in school, like the program 'Loyalty of Yue Fei.' I feel that it would be much better if nowadays, people who lived in metropolitan areas could raise their awareness of the traditional education that prevailed in the past. I think education in the humanities is more important than modern science and technology. Also many traditional and historical stories are having great impact on people growing, especially children. They can influence their way of thinking and studying correctly."