Architect and Artist Taken by Show

March 4, 2009 Updated: March 7, 2009

PARIS—An architect and an artist were taken by the "charm, beauty, and technique" of the Divine Performing Arts (DPA) 2009 World Tour presentation held at the international show-case, Palais des Congres de Paris.

They had both attended the second show held on Saturday, Feb. 28.

Mr. Heckly, the architect, was especially attracted to the Dance of the Yi and the Tibetan Dance of the Snow-Capped Mountain. Mr. Heckly likened the performance to a tour through China's vast regions, home to dozens of ethic groups and folk traditions.

"This is a nice travel we are having here. What is displayed to us is charm, beauty, and technique," he said.

The DPA New York-based company's mission is to rediscover and renew humanity's true, divinely bestowed cultural heritage. High-tech virtual backgrounds and lighting, gorgeously costumed dancers, are perfectly matched with live orchestral music—a fusion of Western and Chinese original composition.

Painter Mr. Pottier, who was accompanied by Ms. Belem, greatly appreciated the stage lights and the orchestra, but was truly taken by the colors.

"They are truly of an exceptional quality … and the costumes—I'm a painter, and I work on the body and the drapes, and so I found there were a lot, a lot of interesting things in the volumes, in the drapes, there you have it. And they are such proven artists … it's really, really quite beautiful."

Performances by soloists are an integral part of the show. The stirring tones of the two-stringed violin, the erhu, and impassioned arias from acclaimed sopranos, tenors, and basses evoke a sense of spirituality and bring to life traditional Chinese thought and belief.

But nothing could outshine his fascination for the colors of different hue, from shimmering reds and golds to radiant orange, green, blue, purple—the costumes burst with texture and color that create anew with each artist's movement.

"Well, yes, yes," he said in acknowledging the vocalists, but he was more into the "colors … I tend to use a little more drab color, like Paris, so here we have things with more color, and with satin, with things that are a little brighter, it's enjoyable."

New Tang Dynasty TV contributed to the article.

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