France: NTDTV Chinese New Year Spectacular Shown at the Palais des Congres de Paris

Performance of Chinese Traditional Culture Makes Major Impact on Art Capital

On the afternoon of February 24th 2007, the NTDTV Chinese New Year Spectacular was held at the Grand Amphitheatre of the Palais des Congres de Paris. The world art capital was moved by this grand presentation of Chinese traditional culture. The wonderful performance won acclamations from the nearly four thousand spectators.

NTDTV Chinese New Year Spectacular held in the Grand Amphitheatre of the Palais des Congres de Paris

Watching the performance, experiencing Chinese traditional culture and learning the truth

The NTDTV Chinese New Year Spectacular started its performance tour in January and presents genuine traditional Chinese culture with a large cast and support team. Wherever the Spectacular goes, spectators give high praises. The deep connotations of the performances inspire the spectators' hearts.

The show started with the grand dance "Creation". As the splendid heavenly scene appeared on the stage, the audience applauded warmly. When the performance continued with compassionate master Buddha leading heavenly beings to the secular world, establishing the prosperous Tang Dynasty and creating a graceful future for sentient beings, the audience warmly applauded again.

As the wonderful performance unfolded, several thousand audience members applauded warmly in appreciation before and after each performance.

A Chinese woman from Lille came with her son, her son's wife and her little daughter to watch the performance after hearing a Chinese report on the French International Broadcasting Station. This was the second time she has seen the NTDTV Chinese New Year Spectacular.

She said the performance was wonderful, especially the "Candlelight Vigil". She said she was moved after seeing the dance about the persecution of Falun Gong in China. She has lived in France for more than 30 years. She often watches NTDTV and reads The Epoch Times, so she knows about Falun Gong and the persecution of Falun Gong in China. She thought that the NTDTV Spectacular is a good opportunity for those Chinese people who watch TV programmes from China to learn the facts of Falun Gong.

Mr. Aung Ko, his daughter and granddaughter attended the performance

Mr. Aung Ko, French spokesperson of renowned Myanmar democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi and Standing Committee Member of the Brussels International Festival of Fantastic Film, brought his daughter and 7-year-old granddaughter to watch the performance. Mr. Aung Ko said the performance was the greatest in the world because it is based on Chinese traditional culture and performed by highly accomplished artists. He said the performance was very successful and conveyed an important message: Freedom.

Mr. Aung Ko said, "I am 70 years old. I watched many Chinese performances. Today's performance includes everything - human rights, freedom, and art. Though I am not an artist, I can watch and understand it."

Talking about the persecution of Falun Gong that the programme presents, Mr. Aung Ko said that violence can never succeed. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is not culture, especially not Chinese culture. He suggested that everyone watch the performance. His daughter and granddaughter said they liked each performance in the Spectacular.

The Spectacular Wins Support from All Circles in France

The spectators of the two performances included two hundreds French government officials, senators and members of the National Assembly, mayors, ambassadors of embassies of other countries, other diplomats, as well as figures from the Chinese and Asian communities, art circles, the media, business and human rights circles.

A dozen French senators and members of the National Assembly and a former minister wished the NTDTV Spectacular success and sent New Year's greetings to the audience through NTDTV. Hans-Gert Poettering, President of the European Parliament, wished the Spectacular success.

Mr. Lu Ching-lung from Taiwan's Liaison Office in France said, "The NTDTV Spectacular is significant. I will attend and applaud warmly."

Several well known French and Chinese media outlets conducted interviews and reported on the performance. The largest magazine in France Femme Actuelle, selling one million copies every week, carried a two-page report introducing the NTDTV Spectacular. The article described the magnificent Chinese Culture, splendid costumes and legendary stories of the battle between righteousness and evil that the spectacular presents. The reporter also introduced the accomplished performers and the orchestra. The report referred to the words of conductor Mr. Chen Rutang: his mission is to revive the essence of China's five-thousand-year culture that the CCP destroyed. The report also stated that spectators felt strong energy during the performance.

The success of the NTDTV Spectacular added new colour and hope to the world's art capital.

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