BRISBANE, Australia—Barry Malezer, co-chair of Reconciliation Queensland, attended the premier night of the Chinese Spectacular at the Brisbane Convention Centre on April 7, 2008.
"Spectacular is probably the easiest way to describe it," he said. "It's interesting to see the comparison between the classical arts and the underlying stories of oppression of rights.[I] appreciated that."
Mr Malezer, who is a keen singer and a part of an indigenous choir, said he did not know much about Chinese culture, but the Spectacular had introduced him to traditional Chinese music and instruments. He said he could have sat and listened to the singers and erhu (traditional two stringed violin) all night.
"It was absolutely brilliant and I would have loved to see more of it," he said.
Mr Malezer said the use of material, the dancing and the digital displays were all new to him but he could see the attention to detail and effort that had gone into it.
"A lot of perfection to what's done and what is performed," he said.
While he said he had enjoyed the Divine Performing Arts Chinese Spectacular as a whole, the contemporary dances had the most appeal.
"The youths going into the Buddhist temple was certainly one and the second one of the young child being persecuted for flying the flag."
Mr Malezer was referring to 'Fruits of Goodness' in the first one and the 'Power of Awareness', where the community stands against oppression, in the second.
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