Many Australians think of China in two ways. The first image is that of an emerging global economic powerhouse, rapidly rising on the back of a colossal working population. The other is of a people increasingly demanding greater political freedom after half a century under a stifling authoritarian regime.
On the evening of March 28, 2007, ABC-TV’s flagship current affairs program “Lateline” reported in prime time that the New Tang Dynasty Television’s (NTDTV) Chinese New Year Spectacular shows would be staged in Sydney on March 29. The program also exposed the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) Consulate-General in Sydney interfering with the show.
After eight successful shows in four cities, the Divine Performing Arts played in Sydney on March 29, 2007.
Following the successful conclusion of two performances in Brisbane, on March 18, 2007,the Divine Performing Arts Troupe once again touched the hearts of more than one thousand audience members with its exquisite and unique performance staged at Conrad Jupiter’s Theatre in Gold Coast, the second largest city in Queensland, Australia.
On March 21, 2007, the Divine Performing Arts Troupe presented the second performance of the 2007 Chinese New Year Spectacular in Canberra, the capital of Australia. The Spectacular was supported by many Parliament Members, businesses, and the media. More than 10 media outlets reported about the Spectacular.
Following the overwhelming success of the Spectacular, NTDTV is launching a global Chinese dance contest to promote cultural exchanges and to spread authentic Chinese culture. This is also an opportunity to bring Chinese dance into the world arena, as well as an important step to have Chinese dance included as one of the main art forms in the international dance culture.
On March 17, Divine Performing Arts presented the 2007 Chinese New Year Spectacular at the Conservatorium Theatre, South Bank, Brisbane. Nearly one thousand audience members from Brisbane watched the Spectacular. At the conclusion of the show, the audience gave lengthy warm applause and were reluctant to leave.
On February 15, 2007, the NTDTV Global Chinese New Year Spectacular held two shows at Radio City in New York. The severe weather didn’t stop the enthusiastic audience. As Ms. Zhou Mei, the MC of the Spectacular, said: “The performances at the Spectacular warm up everybody.” Many people in the audience were touched by the show and gave it very high marks.
When thousands of Western audience members left the theater after watching the Chinese New Year Spectacular, they had gained a new understanding of ancient Chinese culture. It is marvelous that people can enjoy traditional Chinese culture.