Arts & Culture

‘Spectacular’ Chinese Classical Dance Impresses Theatre-goer

BY Julia Hu TIMESeptember 27, 2008 PRINT

TORONTO—What prompted Danielle to attend the Divine Performing Arts Mid-Autumn Spectacular was her love of dance and other cultures, one she has had as long as she can remember.

“I love dancing. I’ve loved dancing all my life since I was a little girl, that’s the reason I came today,” said Danielle, an accounting executive, after seeing the show at Toronto’s John Bassett Theatre on Saturday.

Danielle was captivated by the unique show, which expresses the essence of Chinese history and culture through Chinese classical dance.

“They’re giving us a bit of a story before the actual performance so I’m able to follow along and understand what the actual piece is about, the history of dance and the actual culture.”

Danielle commented on the harmonious connection between education and art in the Spectacular, which uses various art forms to portray the essence of China’s traditional culture.

“It’s beautiful, definitely. It’s nice to have an opportunity to be introduced to other cultures and see how they incorporate dance and gymnastics into the performances. I’ve really enjoyed myself.”

The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of China’s most ancient and cherished holidays. The Spectacular expresses Chinese classical dance and showcases authentic traditional Chinese culture. Through background scenery, costumes, and choreography, the Spectacular expresses truthfulness, compassion, and pure beauty. China’s history comes to life in this gorgeous performance that is entertaining, inspiring, and uplifting. The show’s content is presented in both Chinese and English. For more information, visit:


Julia Hu
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