Popular Composer: ‘This spirit is marvelous’

By Christine Ni
Christine Ni
Christine Ni
March 2, 2009 Updated: March 5, 2009

PARIS—Popular French composer Mr. Riviere was in the appreciative and enthusiastic audience that watched the Divine Performing Arts (DPA) 2009 World Tour performance at the Palais de Congres de Paris on Sunday, March 1.

Mr. Riviere, who has written songs for French singer and actress Juliette Gréco during his 50-year long career, was intrigued by a show that brings true Chinese culture to audiences all around the world.

He was amazed to learn that the artists performed true stories from China's 5,000-year-old history, stories that had been shelved since the Chinese Communist Party came to power.

"Tonight, I saw a magnificent performance, with soul, technique, generosity, and formidable ideas.

"This mrvellous spirit [expressed by the performers]. … is based on different values which are important for each one of us, which will not be lost no matter what happens.

"It is artistically splendid, it goes straight to the heart.

"I am very surprised by the movements. They provoke a very strong emotion, even made me cry, with this little girl [that witnessed her father being persecuted for his belief in Falun Gong], for example.

"I find it amazing to find a forgotten spirituality, that comes back, because we all need spirituality. We are not on earth to stock up victories," he said thoughtfully.

What was even of greater surprise to Mr. Rivere, was that the performers were accompanied by an orchestra, made-up of Chinese and Western instruments with a unique blend of Chinese and Western music.

"The orchestra [was] wonderful—it is extremely rare. … It's a perfect balance, its beautiful. The music, the colors, the back screen—the show is spectacular," he said.

His final thought before leaving was, "Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

Executive: 'Not being attached to material benefits'

Mr. Nivelet, an executive of a company in Brittany that operates in the nutrition industrial sector, also praised the DPA show highly.

"It's the first time I have been to this kind of show. A friend informed me of this. I found that it was very relaxing, very touching, and gracious. So I found it very lovely," Mr. Nivelet said.

The scene Heaven Awaits Us Despite Persecution impressed him the most, and he said, "There was a scene that especially touched me—the one with the little girl, who was completely adorable."

There were other scenes that made a lasting impression on him, "There were several scenes that had a lot of elements like acrobatics and the girls and boys were very beautiful. I am not an expert concerning such scenes, so the messages that were somehow subtle, and were a little difficult for me to understand.

"I found there was the strong wish to clarify one's life with a hopefulness, which is a hopefulness of the transcendent world, so the message was a nice sharing about not being attached to material benefits and trying to be the best person you can be."

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Christine Ni
Christine Ni