Non-Profit Executive Director: ‘It’s just exquisite’

January 10, 2009 Updated: January 13, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO—Ms. Jenkins attended the Divine Performing Arts Chinese New Year Spectacular at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco on Saturday Jan. 10.

Ms. Jenkins is the executive director of a non-profit medical research organization.

"It’s just exquisite, lovely to see the flow of people so close together and yet moving with such precision that it was flawless, all kind of interpreting things with a little bit of a different touch or a little bit of a different focus. Each one was really an individual, so the colors were beautiful the costumes were amazing."

It was Ms. Jenkins' first time watching a Chinese cultural performance saying, "I have never seen any show like this, and I would recommend it to anybody, anywhere, of any age. It just had universal themes of coming together and overlooking any differences, and feeling joy with the moment. And some of the story telling that spoke of the history was also very powerfully conveyed … I liked that."

DPA, based in New York, is a nonprofit organization consisting of world-class dancers, choreographers, and musicians that is independent of China’s communist regime. It aims to revive the ancient culture and traditions of China’s 5,000-year-old civilization that were suppressed or eliminated during the Cultural Revolution.

She added, "It was powerful taking a look at … kind of confrontation of different war situations and different troubling events, and still having some sort of eternal good come out of it … I thought that was wonderfully done."

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