WELLINGTON, New Zealand—Engineer Derek Paige and his wife wiled away a beautiful afternoon when Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company took centre stage at the iconic St. James Theatre on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 6.
Shen Yun was founded in New York in 2006 with a mission to reclaim and renew the true, divinely inspired cultural heritage of China, its website says. The company has brought together world-class dancers, choreographers, singers, and musicians from around the globe, creating an all-new production that offers audiences an experience they will always remember.
One such spectator was Mr. Paige who thought the performance was “brilliant.”
“It’s beautiful, really beautiful. I liked the backdrops because it sets the scene for the dancers on stage.”
With state-of-the-art graphics technology, Shen Yun’s digital-backdrop team creates vividly animated settings, extending the stage and transporting the audience to a world where heaven and earth are one. The backdrops are magical windows to completely different realms, the website continues.
His wife also enjoyed the way the backdrops interacted with a dance at hand, and the music with the Shen Yun Orchestra and its blend of Eastern and Western instrumentals.
“I love the string instruments and the Chinese themes that come through the whole time and I like the merging of new technology with classical Chinese dance, the way the gods fly out and I mean, they come out from behind the stage.”
She said the entire performance was “amazing, it’s really lovely, really lovely … The [dancers] are just beautiful, they’re lovely to watch, mesmerizing.”
The couple both said the show was well worth seeing. “It’s well worth it and it’s a great way to entertain yourself for an afternoon,” Mrs. Paige said.
Mr. Paige said the show provided “lots of variation, depending on which region, which part of the country you’re in.”
Reporting by Margo MacVicar 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 ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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