ADELAIDE—Retirees were common attendees at the matinee session of the Divine Performing Arts Chinese Spectacular at the Adelaide Festival Centre Theatre, April 15, 2008. Among them were Fay Bayliss, a retired public servant, and Bette Crouch, an ESL teacher for forty years.
Fay and Bette were both intrigued by the advertisements for the show they had seen in shopping centres and on television, so they decided to come and see for themselves. "I thought it was lovely!" were Bette's first words when asked what she thought of the performance, "I love the ethnic dancing, and I think they're really beautiful. They've got so much within themselves that they can give."
"How do I mean that they've got so much within themselves? Their feelings , their feelings come out in the dance, you can see it. It's really beautiful, really beautiful. Even with the drumming, when they were drumming so much, the feeling was there, it was there , it's the ethnic feeling. I'm interested in that. I'm interested in the ethnic dances."
Fay echoed Bette's sentiments: "The Chinese people, they're a quiet race, they're a clever race, and everything they do is done precisely. It doesn't matter, anything." She said the costumes were "Brilliant! Colourful!"
Bette again chimed in, "That last one, the drums, and also the second one, you wouldn't even think there was sea there, with the water ['The Nymphs of the Sea'], oh yes, I thought that was beautiful. But they certainly, they live what they do, they really live within themselves, it's really marvellous."
Fay gave her recommendation to anyone considering coming to the performance: "Don't miss it because you'll never see anything like it anywhere else."
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