BRISBANE, Australia—Andrew Kennedy, building contractor and designer, was captivated by the Shen Yun Performing Arts presentation at QPAC’s Lyric Theatre on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 3.
He and his wife Kate, a training consultant, were amidst the appreciative audience that almost filled the theatre to its 2,500-seat capacity.
After seeing the advertisements and watching Shen Yun online, Mr. Kennedy said he went and booked tickets straight away. “It’s a very interesting display of Chinese culture. We are seeing a lot of different ethnic groups represented, and it’s very interesting.”
Shen Yun Performing Arts was founded in New York in 2006 with a mission to reclaim and renew the true, divinely inspired cultural heritage of China, the program book explains. The company has brought together world-class dancers, choreographers, singers, and musicians from around the globe, creating an all-new production every year that offers audiences an experience they will always remember.
Mrs. Kennedy was taken by “the colour, the costumes and the glitter … the pretty girls and the athletic men—ah, just fantastic.”
Sophisticated dance techniques, an orchestra joining instruments East and West, beautiful costumes, and a stunning back drop—this is Shen Yun at first glance, the company website explains. But digging deeper, one discovers a sea of traditional Chinese culture. Mortals and divine beings merge onstage as one.
“It’s great, the way they jump off the edge and end up on the screen, I just think it’s terrific,” Mrs. Kennedy said, referring to the animated backdrops that interact with the dancers.
She was also enjoying the educational aspects of the show. “My husband is learning to speak Mandarin, so he was trying to pick up what the lady [emcee] was saying in Chinese—but lots about the culture.”
“Definitely come, book straight away,” she added. “After the first dance you want to see more and more and more.”
“Yes it’s a lot of fun,” Mr. Kennedy said.
Andrew Kennedy Constructions has won over 30 industry awards, including the year 2000 “National Project Home of the year.”
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 ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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