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Onstage: Divine Performing Arts

By Julie Mullins · December 16th, 2008 · CityBeat Recommends
Interest in Chinese culture is burgeoning, and the world tour of Divine Performing Arts (DPA) brings some of the country’s ancient artistic forms — such as dance, music and elaborate set visuals — to eager audiences. The New York-based group comes to Music Hall Dec. 23 for a single performance.

Speaking by telephone from a stop in his Minneapolis hometown, DPA’s Master of Ceremonies Jared Madsen says the show essentially embodies 5,000 years of Chinese culture through principles, stories and teachings that spanned generations, at least until Communism took hold in 1949.

“We have pieces that span through different dynasties, across different regions, different ethnic groups,” he says.

“There’s even different styles of dance, so there’s classical Chinese dance, there’s ethnic dance, there’s folk dance.”

As is expressed in DPA’s name, Madsen says the Chinese view their culture as being a divine one, a culture passed on by the divine — a notion resulting in socio-political conflict. According to Madsen, much of the program contains material you won’t see in China.

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