Retired Utility Director: ‘very athletic’

By Jason Loftus, Epoch Times
February 21, 2009 8:09 pm Last Updated: February 22, 2009 3:28 pm

ROCHESTER, N.Y.—Recently retired from his position as head of a local water utility, Mr. Cipolla said he was relishing his newfound free time, some of which he used to take in Divine Performing Arts (DPA) Chinese Spectacular in Rochester Saturday afternoon, Feb. 21.

“It was colorful. I liked it,” he said.

The dancing stood out particularly for Mr. Cipolla.  “So colorful, they’re athletic. I wish I could do all those tricks they could do—very athletic.”

DPA’s performances are founded mainly on classical Chinese dance, which has its own unique dance heritage. In its early stages classical Chinese dance was mainly passed down among the common people, through members of the imperial court, or as part of ancient theater. Over the years, dancers experimented with and reworked it to arrive at the extraordinary system of Chinese classical dance that exists today and is presented by DPA.

Mr. Cipolla also praised the show’s music. He said, “The music was very nice, very calming,”

The DPA orchestra uses a classical Western orchestra as its foundation, augmented by traditional Chinese instruments. This enables its compositions using a Western orchestra to be rich in Chinese qualities.

Saturday afternoon’s show was the first-ever DPA show in Rochester. One more show is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. The company, one of three DPA companies, then moves on to the next stop in the 2009 World Tour, which will span 80 cities.

The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Divine Performing Arts 2009 World Tour.
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