Aerospace Engineer Enjoys Diversity of Shen Yun

Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 1, 2013 Last Updated: February 1, 2013
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Robin and Mel Benfer enjoyed an evening at Shen Yun Performing Arts in Brisbane. (Emma-Kate Stampton/The Epoch Times)

Robin and Mel Benfer enjoyed an evening at Shen Yun Performing Arts in Brisbane. (Emma-Kate Stampton/The Epoch Times)

BRISBANE, Australia—Fresh from sell-out performances in Los Angeles, the world-acclaimed Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company opened at QPAC’s Lyric Theatre in Brisbane this evening, Feb. 1.

Aerospace engineer Mel Benfer and his wife Robin were in the audience enjoying the New York-based show.

“Wonderful, absolutely beautiful. Beautiful colour, lovely costumes, beautiful scenery and special effects, really enjoying it,” Mrs. Benfer said.

Established in 2006 with the mission of reviving 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and heroic modern-day epics, the company website says.

Mr. Benfer said he was “enjoying the touch of humour and the technology that joins in the background.”

Mrs. Benfer said both she and her husband knew nothing about traditional Chinese culture before seeing the show. “Just it’s very different. For us we haven’t been to something like this before, so it’s very new and varied, informative.”

A Shen Yun performance features the world’s foremost classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra blending the sounds of both East and West, breathtaking digital backdrops, splendid costumes, singers—together creating an experience that’s leaving millions in awe, the website explains.

“It’s good to see it ranges from the waters to the mountains, it’s wonderful,” Mr. Benfer said in reference to the variety of the scenes.

Reporting by NTD Television and Raiatea Tahana-Reese.

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit

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