As we usher in the Year of the Pig, the divine beauty of the ancient East will come to life in NYC with the now legendary NTDTV Chinese New Year Spectacular! The 30-city world tour Spectacular will play at Radio City from February 14 – 17.
Featuring the ideal of Chinese culture and world-class performers, this unique show portrays genuine traditional Chinese culture and includes classical Chinese dance as well as various traditional dances. Performers have worked hard to emulate the musical style of the ancients–classical melodies filled with the power of compassion. Showcasing grand stage designs, hand-painted backdrops and authentic costuming from ancient Chinese Dynasties, the theme of Myths and Legends weaves a tale of the proverbial battle between good and evil through theatre, music and dance.
NTDTV’s main goal is to revive lost Chinese culture from the ancient past. As you may be aware, in 1949 when the Chinese Communist Party took power in China, its leaders did many things possible to sever the people from their 5,000-year-old culture. Everything moral and spiritual was suddenly uprooted from people’s lives–temples and buddhas were destroyed. The arts became a tool for fulfilling political aims, evoking the dark side of human nature. China’s folk music was used to serve the communist revolution.
Unfortunately, those born after 1949 have opened their eyes to a spiritual desert. They’re no longer familiar with their own heritage, which has been decimated and replaced with the communist-atheist model.
Judging by the growth and luck of the Chinese New Year Spectacular, now in its fourth year, I believe that NTDTV has lived up to its word. The Spectacular really does have the effect of removing the communist “wrapping paper” around the essence of traditional Chinese values and beauty. It is not surprising that the show ranked 7th on Billboard Magazine’s top 10 shows in Feb 2006 based on ticket sales for the 2006 shows at Radio City Music Hall.
The Spectacular is a delight to Chinese and Western audiences alike–a truly heartwarming event not to be missed. “The Chinese New Year Spectacular is the ideal show ever to appear on stage in North America,” said former member of Parliament Simma Holt. “I saw the show in Canada and I would often say to the Chinese Consulate officials, whoever made a statement saying that the show is political, the fact that some of the atrocities committed by the Chinese regime were re-enacted in the show is nothing unusual; interpretative dance is a feature of all good symphonies, operas and ballets. “