Couple Find Shen Yun’s Opening Night in Canberra ‘Amazing’

Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 16, 2013 Last Updated: February 18, 2013
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Daniel and Vanessa McKinnon attend Shen Yun Performing Arts in Canberra. (Jade Law/The Epoch Times)

Daniel and Vanessa McKinnon attend Shen Yun Performing Arts in Canberra. (Jade Law/The Epoch Times)

CANBERRA, Australia—Consultant Daniel McKinnon left the Canberra Theatre full of inspiration on Friday night, Feb. 15.

He and his wife Vanessa McKinnon had just witnessed the Shen Yun Performing Arts for the first time, the world’s premier classical Chinese dance company, whose mission is to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture.

“It was very good, amazing colors, wonderful dance, good stories,” the consultant said.

Mrs. McKinnon, who works in health care, said she and her husband loved the presentation. “Beautiful dancers … we absolutely love it, the musical was amazing.”

Mr. McKinnon enthused, “This is our first time to see something like this, especially the Chinese dance, so we thought it was really, really good.”

Through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and heroic modern-day epics, according to its website.

She said she had been to China so could resonate with the backdrop scenery. “I really like that part of it—throughout. It was beautiful.”

Mrs. McKinnon was talking about Shen Yun’s state-of-the-art graphics technology with vividly animated settings projected onto a wide screen, extending the stage, and transporting the audience to other realms.

Mr. McKinnon said he has never visited China, but could still appreciate the stories, “and how all the people came through and pop up at the back [of the stage.] That was amazing,” he said.

“I really liked the last story line about expressing outside of China, what really is.” In this last vignette, Divine Mercy, the battle between good and evil is portrayed, with good prevailing over evil in the end.

“The inspiration for me is how a company like this can pass that message and give different people a different view of what China is, and what tradition [is], and the emotions and the vibrance. That’s the inspiration I got; it just gave me a different view of China.”

Reporting by NTD Television and Raiatea Tahana-Reese.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit

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