Splendor of the East Pratice
REHEARSAL. One of the groups that will perform at the ‘Splendor of the East’ cultural show is shown doing rehearsal in the Chinese Community Center in Madison Heights. The performers are now practicing in earnest for the annual show which will be held on May 4, 2012 at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn. ‘Splendor of the East’ is a major fund-raising project of the Council of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA). (Photo by Richard Talaban)

[box type=”default” size=”large”] CAPA expects a full-capacity house on show day [/box]With the show only two weeks away, the various groups performing at this year’s staging of the “Splendor of the East” (SOE) are now in the thick of rehearsals.

The annual show, a flagship fund-raising project of the Council of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA), will be held in the evening of May 4, 2012 in the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center at 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn.

CAPA President Arcie Gemino said that SOE 2012 will pay tribute to Mother Earth and will present dance numbers that will showcase different cultural appreciations of the environment.

Gemino said that the this year’s version of the SOE is expected to be colorful as the dances will depict the “symbolic meanings of animals, fire, water, rain, plants, etc.” with the theme centered on “the creation by God of heaven and earth in seven days.”

At least 12 groups of dancers will be performing at SOE 2012. The groups are headed by professional choreographers who are noted for their creative talent, imaginative prowess and terpsichorean skills.

Gemino said that the groups are leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to present spectacular dance numbers, noting that they have been conducting long hours of practice on a regular basis.

Among the choreographers now busy conducting the rehearsals is Janet Yang who had training in ballet and classic Chinese dances. She joined Troy Chinese Folk Dance Group in 2007, and since 2010 she has been the principal choreographer of the group.

Her first choreographed piece was entitled “Flower Blossom” which had been presented at many events in Metro Detroit. This particular work of Yang has received great reviews.

Meanwhile, Gemino reported brisk sales of tickets to the show. She said she expects a full-capacity theater on the day of the show.

She also reported that invited VIPs have confirmed their attendance at the show.

The list of prominent guests, who will grace the show, includes the following: Robert Ficano, Mark Hackel, Andy Meisner, US Congressman Hansen Clark, Consul General of Japan Kuninori Matsuda, State Senator Hoon Yung Hopgood, Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence, Dearborn Mayor John O’Reilly, Oak Park Mayor  Marian McCllelan, Eric Peterson, Carmen Johnson, Asim Alavi, Robert Carino, Ray Lozano and Eiji Kato.