VANCOUVER—Norm Graham and Jeannea Miles bought the very first two tickets that went on sale for the Chinese Spectacular and have been looking forward to seeing the show for the past four months.
Currently playing at the Bell Performing Arts Center in Surrey, the Chinese Spectacular has been captivating audiences with its portrayal of authentic Chinese culture.
Graham, a retired railroad engineer and Miles, an administrative assistant had high praise for the quality of the performances.
"The talent, the gracefulness of the performers was so very beautiful. They had very beautiful costumes, gorgeous. I loved the drums, the water dance was great too. Very high quality"
The Spectacular international tour doesn't include China because it contains an artistic portrayal of a modern-day atrocity: the persecution of Falun Gong. A spiritual discipline with the guiding principles of truth, compassion and tolerance, Falun Gong is rooted in ancient Chinese culture.
"It's too bad. They're losing out. Part of the theme of the show is to show peace in the world, right? They're missing out on this. It's their loss but I hope it will draw a lot more [Chinese people] here [to see the show]."
Paul, originally from Russia and now living in White Rock, wanted to see the show because of his fascination with Chinese culture. He felt the Spectacular was a perfect example of the authentic Chinese culture.
"I'm very excited about Chinese culture so it was a great experience. It was even better than I expected. I really had the impression (that this was) original Chinese culture, both the dancing and how they dressed shows this. I think it really is traditional Chinese theater and I liked it very much."
Miles added "I think they're very graceful, very elegant."
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