NEW YORK—“The show brings us hope—what mankind wants to see—a very pleasant return,” said renowned Chinese actress Guanglan Shen on the eve of the Chinese New Year. Ms. Shen was part of the full-house at the famed Radio City Music Hall on Saturday afternoon Jan. 24, to watch the Divine Performing Arts (DPA) Chinese New Year Splendor.
“The show also cleanses the souls and hearts,” Ms. Shen said. She is known for her prominent roles in two Chinese films, The General’s Choice (1984) and Against the Light (1982).
Based in New York, Divine Performing Arts seeks to breathe new life into traditional Chinese culture while providing audiences everywhere with an experience of sublime beauty.
“I can sense universal virtues such as friendliness, serenity, compassion, and kindness,” Ms. Shen said. “It enables people to return to nature from a noisy and busy environment today. I think human nature should resume to the compassion and quietness from before. People should live in such atmosphere.
“[The world] originally was a land of purity created by divine beings, but now it is ruined by people to such an extent. A world created by gods absolutely cannot be trashed like this. The performance can stimulate mankind’s memories and pursuits; the hope for better living, the world to be more peaceful, instead of continuous fighting and persecution.”
Ms. Shen said she found the whole production to portray serenity and kindness. “The dances are very vigorous, yet they give our hearts a feeling of tranquility.”
She said the show delivered hope. “It makes people feel that the world is supposed to be radiant and resplendent. And mankind should live uprightly on this land.”
The digital 3-D backdrops particularly impressed Ms. Shen. “[They] added so much more color to the whole performance. The sky is that blue, the water is that clear, the flowers are that gorgeous, and the ground is that green.”
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