Italian Newspaper Reports on NTDTV Chinese New Year Spectacular

On February 20th 2007, Italy’s largest daily newspaper Corriere della Sera carried a half-page article with two photos reported by its correspondent in New York, Alessandra Farkas, about the NTDTV Chinese New Year spectacular.

With the headline “Chinese New Year Spectacular was protested against by the CCP in Beijing”, this article pointed out that the Spectacular alleged by the Chinese Communist regime as being a propaganda show stunt has been well received during its world tour. Though the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has strived to block the show, it surprisingly created the opposite effect. In a short span of only four years, the Chinese New Year Spectacular has transformed from an unknown music dancing show only viewed by a small number of Chinese Americans into a popular show with the tickets priced at up to US$180. The successful performance at New York Radio City Music Hall was highly acclaimed and ushered in the prelude to its world tour. The show is being performed in about thirty major cities including Vancouver, Paris, Sydney, Berlin etc.

The article reported that the spectacular, with a live orchestra of forty five musicians and over one hundred and fifty dancers, singers and actors, is magnificent. All the actors and actresses donned splendid ancient Chinese costumes, while the stage backdrop showed a Buddhist temple, the Great Wall and the Great Mongolian Pastures. The show displays China’s five thousand year old history and civilization.

Behind the magnificent show, a strong message was communicated: The Chinese Communist regime’s persecution against Falun Gong should end. In a dance scene, a group of Chinese policemen in uniform with a huge sickle on their backs relentlessly tortured a Falun Gong practitioner to death and afterwards they were avenged by supernatural deities. In another scene called Candlelight which was dedicated to all the children who were orphaned, dancers donned white clothes (the white colour is representative of death in Chinese society) and the backdrop was a tomb composed of a number of lighted candles.

The article added that the Chinese Embassy’s spokesperson Jian Huali alleged that the show was anti-China propaganda and demanded that the show be cancelled. However, NTDTV senior vice president Mr. Zhou replied that the show promotes the traditional Chinese culture and values destroyed by the Chinese Communist Party after it took over power in 1949.

According to the Epoch Times newspaper in the United States, to interfere with the show the Chinese Communist regime had mobilised numerous people to dial the hotline of the booking office at New York Radio City Music Hall, trying to paralyze the system. Nonetheless, their tactic failed as all the tickets were sold out.

Last week, the South Korean media harshly criticised their government for its decision to cancel the show in the National Theatre of Korea in Seoul just a few days before the planned performance date owing to the Chinese Communist regime’s threat of taking action against South Korea’s economic interest.

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