Theatre Producer: ‘The visuals were absolutely tremendous’
OTTAWA—For Ms. King, a theatre producer and event organizer visiting from London, said that the final Divine Performing Arts show at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa was nothing short of “superb.”
“It was tremendous. The visuals were absolutely tremendous. I thought the performances were superb, but I really thought that one of the best things was the costumes,” she said.
Ms. King was impressed by the visual feast of silken dresses, majestic gowns, and other clothing inspired by the different dynasties and ethnic cultures of China.
“Absolutely beautiful … The design and mix of colours were beautifully done,” she said.
Among the 20 program segments, Ms. King particularly enjoyed the dance that celebrated the legendary Udumbara flower of Buddhist lore [‘The Udumbara’s Bloom’] and an ethnic dance from the Mongolian plains where the women use bundles of chopsticks to joyfully greet guests [‘Mongolian Chopsticks’].
The DPA orchestra combines the great classical traditions of Chinese and Western music. All the compositions are original and created to complement each individual dance.
“I thought it really crossed the divide very well. It was very understandable for Western people,” said Ms. King.
As for the solo musicians, she found the performance by tenor Hong Ming “fantastic.” His voice was “tremendous [and] absolutely different from anyone I’ve heard,” she said.
Ms. King also has experience on the technical side of theatre production. She noted that the state-of-the-art animated digital backdrops were “done very, very well.”
“I loved the way they incorporated the celestial beings coming down and going back up, and then appearing on stage.”
The backdrops are custom-designed to coordinate with the costumes, choreography, lighting, and storyline for each dance. “The link worked really, really well,” said Ms. King.
Ms. King is visiting her parents in Ottawa over the New Year’s holiday. Her father bought tickets to the show for her and her mother for Christmas. They thought that the whole family would enjoy the visuals and they were attracted to the DPA production because “it was something quite different.”
“I definitely would recommend it [to my friends],” she said.
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