CANBERRA, Australia—Attending Shen Yun Performing Arts’ show at the Canberra Theatre on Saturday night, Feb. 16, was Chris Sloane, who runs the Aboriginal Church in Canberra.
Based in New York, Shen Yun Performing Arts has artistic freedom to express 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture through classical Chinese dance and music.
Mrs. Sloane enjoyed the performance immensely. “I’ve just seen the magic and the peace within the show; it’s unreal,” she said, adding “The Chinese meet where I meet, the Chinese Methodist Church, so I will tell them about it tomorrow.”
One of the dances is set in Tiananmen Square, where a group of Falun Dafa practitioners gather to demonstrate in support of their belief in the universal principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. The meditation discipline is brutally persecuted in communist China.
Mrs. Sloane expressed her understanding of this piece. “Well the message was really telling them loud and clear that they’re not free to express themselves for their faith … and the singing just told it all, and the pain and the suffering, and you could just feel it.”
Shen Yun brings to the audience a divine beauty that touches people’s hearts. Alison Applebee, one of Mrs. Sloane’s best friends, commented: “It’s just beautiful; it just lifted you up and made you feel good inside.”
The battle between good and evil is prevalent in all cultures. Mrs. Sloane said: “I could see it come through at the end just when they were singing and their freedom, there’ll be freedom for them … yes because I’m Aboriginal, so I see their culture and what they’re saying, … they want to be equal and they want to have a right, their own right within them and their own freedom … Whatever faith you got, it’s free to each and every person; you feel that.”
Expressing her excitement after the show, Mrs. Sloane said she might see it again, saying that the dancers were “magic.”
“Oh it did my heart so good, and when I go to church tomorrow, I’ll just tell them there was a great message,” she added.
Reporting by Ruby Zhang and Janine Rankin.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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