AUCKLAND, New Zealand—Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company celebrated its final performance at Auckland’s Civic Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 9.
The renowned classical Chinese dance and music company thrilled the audience at the Civic Theatre with dancers and musicians who are top talent chosen from countries worldwide.
The aim of the New York-based company is to revive and restore China’s 5,000-year-old cultural heritage.
Aruna Goundai, a banking advisor, summed up her experience. “It’s really good. … The backdrop is excellent,” she said.
Shen Yun’s artists have created backdrops that can transport the audience to another realm by using state-of-the-art digital technology, the website says.
Clair Wardlaw, who works in marketing, enjoyed the dancing and the beautiful costumes.
The twirling of the handkerchiefs in the dance An Early Spring, fascinated her. This dance portrays the changing of seasons in China.
The combination of Eastern and Western music played by Shen Yun’s orchestra was also enjoyable.
The performance features a collection of story-based classical Chinese and ethnic or folk dances and vocal performances that capture the essence of traditional Chinese culture.
Shen Yun is currently unable to perform in mainland China because of restrictions placed on artistic expression under communist rule.
“It is outside of China that Shen Yun’s artistic creators have the ability to freely express themselves and their ancient culture,” the Shen Yun website states.
Ms. Wardlaw appreciated living in New Zealand where, she said, one can enjoy freedom of beliefs.
“I think it’s … interesting going through the history and seeing the different regions and different peoples and their styles.”
Reporting by Lily Zhang and Diane Cordemans.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will be playing at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre, Feb. 11 to 12, and then at Canberra Theatre, Feb. 15 to 17. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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