VANCOUVER—The renowned Chinese Spectacular, a cultural show with a difference, played to a full house on Saturday afternoon at the Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey.
Among the delighted audience were Aly Hassan, a retired doctor, and his wife, Lima, who emigrated to Canada from South Africa in 1969. They gave their impressions of the show during the intermission.
"We quite enjoyed the first half and looking forward to the second half. So far I think it's very well done and we gained insight into culture, the cultural aspects of Chinese performance. There seems to be history associated with it as well," said Aly.
Lima was impressed by the uniqueness of classical Chinese dance.
"I think [classical Chinese dance] is quite different. It's very different from regular ballet, the music makes it quite different... We are quite enjoying it."
The couple said that they "have always been interested in live theatre," and attend often. They were not disappointed in the Spectacular, and Aly said the essence of China's ancient history came through in the show.
"It highlights for me aspects of... it seems very historical to me, it seems to have a lot of history from the past associated with Chinese culture and stories…."
They both agreed that the Spectacular could be of interest to other cultures
After traveling to over 60 countries on four continents, the New York-based Divine Performing Arts will wind up the Canadian leg of its 2008 international tour with shows in Calgary from April 30-May 2, and in Edmonton from May 5-7.
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