VANCOUVER—Like many others who attended the Chinese Spectacular at the Bell Performing Arts Centre on Sunday, Jasmine Currie and her boyfriend, Josh Sookero, were wowed by the lavish cultural show.
"I like the costumes and the dancers. It was flawless. Everything was just outstanding," said Currie, a local Vancouver fashion designer whose haute couture clothing features sustainable bamboo and soy fabrics.
"I truly enjoyed the show, the colors, the movements, the drums. I was pleasantly surprised," said Sookero, a commercial real estate agent.
The couple comented on the distinct qualities and contrasts of the male and female performers who comprise the Divine Performing Arts Spectacular production.
"The men were powerful—the moves were harder, while the women were graceful," said Sookero. The women's costumes were show pieces, featuring long sleeves and such, while the men's costumes were toned down."
The piece, Victory Drums, features women playing large Tang Dynasty-style drums.
The women were more powerful and their facial expressions had changed from that in other acts, said Currie.
"The men were very commanding and the women very soft, and at the end the women switched and it showed that duality that everyone has."
Currie thought the show could inspire her design work due to its beauty and innocence.
"There is such a nice message that is not out there every day," she said. "I thought it was fabulous, very inspiring and very, very professional."
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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