MELBOURNE, Australia—A responsive audience of all-ages filled the Arts Centre State Theatre for the final performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts in Melbourne. Ms. Goodhue, who works for a dancing school, brought a group of 30 to see the show. Among them were dance students ranging in age from three to nine years old. The group enjoyed the vigorous performances of the Shen Yun dancers.
“We are just thinking that everything about it is wonderful: the storyline, the history, the costumes, the pace,” enthused Ms. Goodhue. “It’s very fast moving. So it’s able to accommodate all ages. And for us as adults, learning about the history … The company being free to tell the stories is very important.”
Ms. Goodhue learned about the show through her students' parents and knew it would be a worthwhile experience for all her students to attend.
“I knew the show was going to be spectacular. I haven’t seen it before, but one of the other parents had, so I knew it would be worth bringing a group along,” Ms. Goodhue said, adding that she “very much” enjoyed the show.
Classical Chinese Dance 'Very stunning'
Janet Anderson, a preschool teacher, and her daughter Miriam, also attended the Sunday matinee performance. Miriam, who studied music and sang with the Australian Catholic University choir, enjoyed the diversity of instruments featured in the Shen Yun orchestra.
“I liked hearing about [the Chinese] instruments and hearing a little bit of the two-stringed erhu. That was lovely to watch,” said Miriam.
The mother and daughter enjoy attending shows together, particularly ballet and others forms of dance. They found the classical Chinese dance performed by Shen Yun to be “very impressive” and “very stunning.”
“The discipline of the dancers, how well they were all coordinated … They were all beautifully done. I very much enjoyed the costumes, the colourful nature of the costumes. That was interesting,” Mrs. Anderson commented.
“It was visually spectacular. I liked the backdrop of the video, incorporating that into the dance, too. There were nice visual effects with scarves,” said Miriam.
With reporting by Fang Xiao.
Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform at Brisbane's QPAC Lyric Theatre for three shows on June 1 and 2, bringing the Oceania leg of its 2010 World Tour to an end. For more information visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org