Oslo, Norway, a Teacher of Drama: "It takes you to another dimension, a divine world"

The Divine Performing Arts 2009 World Tour enchanted the audience on Saturday, March 14 in its premier event in Norway.

Despite the fact that at this time of year, many Norwegian people head to the mountains to ski, many came to see the DPA perform at the renowned Oslo Konserthus. The afternoon show was packed and the evening show was also very well-attended.

Mr. Smit, a teacher of drama in Oslo and his wife, a teacher of the arts

Mr. Smit, a teacher of drama in Oslo, and his wife, a teacher in arts and crafts, shared their thoughts about the performance. "It was very wonderful to see the dance and listen to the music of an entirely different culture, that we are not used to seeing and hearing," said Mr. Smit.

His wife added; "Very beautiful dances, colors and costumes. It is very nice to see something that is so thoroughly worked through and so perfect in its form."

Mr. Smit shared, "It takes you to another dimension, a divine world. I liked the most the legends that involved adventure stories."

Another Norwegian lady in the audience, Ms. Ingvild, is a teacher in music and works just outside of Oslo, in a school of music. She said the performance was "absolutely fantastic." "The Tibetan dances were absolutely fantastic and all the materials were so beautiful in the costumes and such vivid colors."

Ms. Ingvild is a teacher in music
"It's great that they came all the way from the U.S. and protect this culture and dances, and I hope they will come back to Norway," said Ms. Ingvild.

"It is splendid"

Mr. Irgens is a musician and composer of world music. His concerns for humanitarian issues are reflected in his work. He said that the dances, the choreography, and the costumes were all great.

Mr. Irgens, a musician and composer of world music
"It is splendid. I think the theme is interesting. I like the idea of making something that connects to philosophy and religion. I like open-mindedness towards other beliefs, the wonder and philosophies. As an artist and as a person, I am interested in that."

"I think that they [the different programs on the show] are all parts of the same universe. Different layers, but still the same. I like them all." "I think there is great value in people connecting to and exchanging with each other," he said.

As life in China under the communist regime is restricted, he believes the regime must pass away before people in mainland China can really enjoy a true cultural experience. "It is an interesting country. But we have to see what happens to this regime first."

He thinks that the culture inside of China is easier for the regime to control than those things outside China. "They can't stop that in the same way. Culture is communication and sharing and will create a change in the long run. We can hope for that. I think music is healing on many levels."

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