SYDNEY—Former actress and TV presenter Joy Hruby has become a Shen Yun regular and said this year’s show in Sydney did not disappoint.
“It was just as wonderful as it always is,” Ms. Hruby said. “It’s just beautiful and I do admire the actors, the beautiful dancing and the wonderful body movements and the costumes and the music … everything about it is so perfect. I just love it so much.”
The Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company, one of three Shen Yun companies simultaneously touring the world, arrived in Sydney on Sunday Feb. 10, just as Chinese New Year celebrations were beginning. Ms. Hruby was speaking after Shen Yun’s Sydney debut at the Capitol Theatre on Monday night. Shen Yun will perform two shows on Tuesday before moving on to Canberra.
Ms. Hruby now presents and produces her own program, Joy’s World, and was recognised for her contribution to the arts and entertainment with an Order of Australia Medal in 2007. She said it was not just the skill of the performers, but the heart behind the show, that moved her.
“It’s not only the performance,” Ms. Hruby said. “The values, the values behind the performance, that’s what interests me most of all. The way they’re fighting for compassion and truth and loyalty and love and all the good things that people, particularly in politics, tend to forget. That’s what I love most about the show.”
Shen Yun’s stated mission is to revive 5,000 years of Chinese culture. Its lively offering of classical Chinese dance, live orchestral music, and ancient legends and folk tales, has earned it a reputation as the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company.
“It’s lovely to see them trying to revive and keep alive the wonderful five-thousand-year-old culture,” Ms. Hruby said. “It’s just beautiful.”
She said she was “very fond” of tenor Tian Ge’s performance, “I love him,” she added. She also liked the digital backdrops behind the performers which bring their performances to life.
“I loved the music and as for the dancing, it was just, everything was so beautiful,” Ms. Hruby said. “I can’t believe how they get changed so quickly and how they come out looking perfect every time … because I know what it’s like to have to get on and off the stage.”
Reporting by NTD Television and Ethan Yang.
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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