AUCKLAND, New Zealand—Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company’s arrival in Auckland, New Zealand, was an exciting occasion for Olga Klnovallva, who is the Deputy Director for Economic Affairs for the Russian Federation.
She had been taken by a friend to see Shen Yun’s classical Chinese dance and music performance at the Civic Theatre on Friday evening, Feb. 8, and was feeling overwhelmed with gratitude that she had been given an opportunity to see Chinese traditional culture in its true form.
Shen Yun is based in New York and its three companies are touring the world simultaneously with the aim of showing to the world true traditional Chinese culture.
“I admire Chinese culture,” she said. Ms. Klnovallva also admired the professionalism of the performance itself and enjoyed the entertainment experience.
“I liked the whole idea of the show, [the] different kinds of culture, dancing [and] singing. I’m impressed by the pure voice of the singers. I’m impressed by the high quality of the dances.”
The performance was an opportunity to see the breadth of ancient Chinese culture with its variety of colourful costumes, together with singing and dancing of a very high quality.
Shen Yun features soprano and tenor vocalists whose songs are accompanied by piano.
Peter and Jean Raemakeres were effusive in their praise of company’s performance that evening.
“Absolutely magic! It was terrific!,” said Mr. Raemakeres, an engineer. Words couldn’t describe how he felt about the performance.
“They must have practised for hours and hours,” he said recognising the hard work that the performers and artistic team had put into producing a high quality show.
Shen Yun’s full orchestra, with its unique combination of Western and Eastern instruments had also contributed to the overall authenticity of the performance, he said.
Mrs. Ramaekeres found the dances featuring the women very graceful and relaxing. The costumes had been cleverly integrated into performance and she particularly liked how the dancers manipulated the long sleeves.
The dance, Ancient Elegance, was an example of this. As a group of fairies dance they deftly spin long silken sleeves with movements that epitomise feminine grace, says Shen Yun’s website.
Mrs. Ramaekeres also admired the amazing synchronicity of the backdrops and the dancers.
The couple said they appreciated the narration given by the Shen Yun hosts before each piece saying that it had contributed greatly to the overall understanding of the culture.
Mr. Raemakeres, summed up Shen Yun’s performance as “Brilliant—something out of this world.” He would definitely come and see Shen Yun again, he said.
With reporting by NTD Television.
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will perform one more performance tonight, Feb. 9, before returning to Sydney, Feb. 11-12, Canberra, Feb. 15-17 bringing the Oceania-leg of the 2013 World Tour to an end.
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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