BRISBANE, Australia—The first city on Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company’s 2013 world tour downunder welcomed the performers to its warm subtropical climate on Wednesday Jan. 30. Brisbane’s Lyric Theatre, by the river, is the place to be this coming weekend. Shen Yun will give four performances at the Lyric Theatre in the Queensland Performing Arts Centre from Feb. 1-3.
Audience members gave the New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts glowing reports for its recent performances in Los Angeles. Tiffany Bolling, the ’70s Hollywood actress in films such as Ironside and Kingdom of the Spiders, attended the show with her husband, Richard Casares. Ms. Bolling thought the costumes were beautiful, and the couple were touched by all the history and culture the performance encompassed.
“I’m in love with Shen Yun,” Ms. Bolling said.
Hailed as the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company, Shen Yun aims to revive China’s 5,000 years of civilization through dance and music, portraying the essence of traditional Chinese culture in a tightly packed program.
Australian-born renowned Hollywood film director, John Hillcoat, especially appreciated how the mythical stories, the colors, and the choreography were “succinctly” woven together. “The culture is beautiful. I like the simplicity of it all. It’s very gentle. I enjoy the stories in every setup,” Mr. Hillcoat said.
All performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles were completely sold out. Kafi Blumenfield, president and CEO of Liberty Hill Foundation, who is married to California Assembly member Bob Blumenfield, had a special reason for being at the Shen Yun performance.
“We had a wonderful time. We came for my daughter’s birthday, and it was just a treat. She’s turning seven, and she asked for this as her birthday present, and it did not disappoint. Absolutely stunning and beautiful,” Mrs. Blumenfield said.
According to the company’s website, Shen Yun’s one-of-a-kind orchestra, with its all-original compositions, blends East and West like no other.
“It is so wonderful—I just can’t believe it,” said musician Jackie Eminger. Mrs. Eminger, and her husband John Eminger, traveled 100 miles to see Shen Yun in celebration of their anniversary. “I play the violin, and I am so thrilled with the way the music is being played.”
Mrs. Eminger began taking violin lessons at the age of 6. By the age of 11 she was playing with orchestras in Orange County, and since then with orchestras throughout the United States.
Marina Francesca Kelly, a litigation attorney, was particularly touched by the show. “I am absolutely, utterly amazed at what I just saw, heard—it was absolutely awe-inspiring, and my heart is smiling. It was the most spectacular show I have ever seen!
“It was awesome, beyond awesome! Every inch of my body is smiling—every single core in my being. I am so, so happy, and so incredibly blessed and grateful that people can actually do this, and that they shared it with me,” she said.
“I just wish that more people could see it. I have such an appreciation for the array of talent that was exhibited this evening, from the musicians to the singers to the dancers, to the storytelling, to the sharing of this culture, to the beauty of the costumes, to the celebration of the art—it was an experience that I will never, ever forget—ever.”
The stage, illuminated with brilliant colors from the costumes, employs elements of contrast and harmony, as well as from the high-tech backdrops with images of far-away times and places, according to the company’s website.
“The garments are absolutely beautiful,” said Dr. Janalyn Glymph, KLCS-TV executive director, adding that she enjoyed how the costumes matched the scenery: “I like that attention to detail,” she said.
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will perform in Brisbane Feb. 1-3, and continue to New Zealand to perform in Wellington, Feb. 5-6 , and Auckland, Feb. 8-9, then returning to Australia for performances in Sydney Feb. 11-12, and Canberra Feb. 15-17, and before travelling to Taiwan.
Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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