AUCKLAND, New Zealand-Award winning television producer, Vivian Wigby-Ngatai, thought Shen Yun Performing Arts was “amazing” when she saw the opening performance in Auckland at the Civic Theatre on Friday, February 8.
“Just beautiful, so beautiful,” she said.
New York-based Shen Yun is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company. Classical Chinese dance is a complete system of dance embodying traditional aesthetic principles with its unique dance movements, rhythms and inner meaning and has a long history of thousands of years, according to the Shen Yun website.
Ms. Wigby-Ngatai was very impressed with the dancing. ”All of the dances were so beautiful,” she said.
Her heart was touched by the dance, Phoenix Fairies, in which the fairies, dressed in purple costumes, dance gracefully to form a heavenly train, says the company website.
Shen Yun uses digitally animated backdrops which interact with the performers.
“The backdrop was amazing, absolutely amazing. It was such a beautiful addition to the show—very exciting to see them all flying off and flying back onto the stage. Very clever, very clever,” she said.
The full orchestra combines classical western instruments and traditional eastern instruments to play original scores.
“The music was very stirring and I liked … traditional Chinese instruments as well as Western instruments [playing] together. They make a beautiful sound,” Ms. Wigby-Ngatai said.
Ms. Wigby-Ngatai came to see Shen Yun with a group of Maori friends who were attending ‘Te Matatini’, New Zealand’s premier Maori cultural performing arts festival. A discussion during the performance’s interval elicited the consensus that Shen Yun had “very strong spiritual feeling.”
Ms. Wigby-Ngatai said she would definitely recommend Shen Yun to everyone as it was a stunningly, beautiful performance and she loved it.
Reporting by Lily Zhang and Leigh Smith.
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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