By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: March 2009
Divine Performing Arts, the world’s premier Chinese music and dance company, will perform at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center on March 18, 2009 at 7 p.m.
Divine Performing Arts (DPA), the world’s premier Chinese music and dance company, is bringing the pageantry and spectacle of the traditional Chinese arts to Tulsa. Divine Performing Arts features world-class performers, fantastic costumes, astonishing backdrops, and a full orchestra, all to give audiences a taste of the beauty, grace and energy of traditional Chinese culture. DPA will be performing in Tulsa at Chapman Music Hall at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, March 18 at 7 p.m.
DPA features some of the best dancers, musicians and choreographers from around the world, and the quality and excitement of their critically-acclaimed show is unparalleled. Imagine if you can dozens of dancers in stunning costumes flowing across the stage before fantastical backgrounds, while thunderous drums shake the hall, as DPA brings to life ancient tales of virtue as well as modern stories of courage. All told, Divine Performing Arts consists of three dance companies, two orchestras, and a multitude of choreographers, costume designers, composers, backdrop artists, and artistic staff.
Roger Littlefield, who attended DPA’s performance in Dallas, said, “Divine Performing Arts was one of the most vivid and inspiring performances I’ve ever experienced. The story-based dance gives a dramatic portrayal of the cherished stories of Chinese civilization. I’m very excited the show is coming to Tulsa.” Susie Fang, who saw the show in New York, called it “very unique, very beautiful, uplifting and inspiring.”
DPA is a nonprofit organization based in New York. Their mission is to revive China’s 5,000-year-old artistic tradition, which has been suppressed by modern China’s communist government. Thusly their performances incorporate something of what is taking place in China today in addition to China’s historical ideals and values, and are educational and enriching as well as entertaining.
Divine Performing Arts began in 2006 as part of a vision toward the renewal of traditional Chinese culture. DPA’s performances were received with widespread acclaim, and its popularity spread rapidly. On last year’s world tour, Divine Performing Arts performed in 66 cities and before more than 600,000 audience members. DPA has performed in many of the world’s most celebrated theaters, including New York’s Radio City Music Hall, Los Angeles’s Kodak Theatre, London’s Royal Festival Hall, and Paris’s Le Palais de Congres. Their Tulsa performance is part of a five-month, 20-country world tour.
Divine Performing Arts’s Tulsa show promises to be an unforgettable experience. For more information, visit www.divineperformingarts.org. Tickets are available at all Reasor’s locations and the PAC ticket office, or by calling (918) 596-7111 or going online to www.myticketoffice.com.