CINCINNATI—While a snowstorm raged outside, Cincinatti Music Hall came alive on Tuesday with a unique presentation by Divine Performing Arts (DPA), playing a single show in the city as part of its 2009 World Tour.
Mr. Springer, a medical researcher, and Mrs. Springer, a nurse, were delighted with the show, which Mr. Springer said was “very different from what we normally here see in Cincinnati—very colourful, very energetic.”
Mrs. Springer was impressed by the synchronization in some of the pieces and the stories of ancient China portrayed in the show.
“It’s nice that it’s all culturally the same tradition, and the interesting storyline that goes with it, so you are teaching us some of the history of China as well. Really beautiful work.”
China was once known as the “Land of the Divine” and the Chinese people believed their culture was handed down directly by gods. The essence of this is evident in the DPA performances, which surprised Mrs. Springer because spirituality and religion have been suppressed in China since the advent of communism.
“I was surprised too because of the Cultural Revolution in China. I was very surprised to see and welcome the awareness of the divine and the acknowledgement of the divine that has been put down so much by the Chinese government.”
Mrs. Springer added that the universal message portrayed in the show would have the effect of reassuring people.
“It always helps people to see that around the world, things are not so different. There are a lot of similarities in many cultures presenting the same religious theme so it’s interesting to see there is not that much difference in the teaching of Buddha and the teaching of Christ. The message of love and compassion certainly comes through with the artistic presentation.”
Another couple, Mr. and Mrs. Gaunt, who originally traveled to Cincinnati to see The Cincinnati Bengals play, also came to the DPA performance after seeing posters for the show.
“I really enjoyed it,” said Mr. Gaunt. “If you come with an open mind, it’s the sort of show…if people asked me what I thought, well, I’d say, you missed a good show, excellent show.
“I mean very enjoyable, very enjoyable show. And you couldn’t fault them, really. They put on a terrific show. The costumes, the orchestra music was absolutely fantastic.”
Mr. Gaunt said he would pass on DPA flyers to people that he know, to encourage them to come.
For more information on the DPA tour, please see www.DivinePerformingArts.org