BRISBANE, Australia—Beau Hartnett, of Hartnett Lawyers, brought his wife to see Shen Yun Performing Arts on Saturday evening, Feb. 2, based on the recommendations of his friends.
Mr. Hartnett leads a boutique law firm specialising in Immigration and Commercial Law at the Gold Coast, an hour drive south of Brisbane City where the Lyric Theatre is.
So far, Mr. and Mrs. Hartnett have not been let down by their friends advice.
In an interview during the intermission, Mr. Hartnett said that Shen Yun is “fantastic!”
“I was recommended to come here by a number of friends. And my wife and myself have come up tonight and are enjoying the show immensely.”
Mr. Hartnett took in and enjoyed the choreography, as Shen Yun’s skilled dancers weaved stories of captivating tales from ancient China.
“The colour, the vibrancy, the dance – the technical expertise of the dancers. Particularly the story-telling through dance, and learning more about the Chinese culture,” he said.
In one of the pieces titled Mongolian Bowl Dance women emerge from ‘Yurt’ tents balancing a bowl on their heads as a symbol of welcome. Dances such as this capture the grace and congeniality of many different ethnic groups of China. After watching New York-based Shen Yun perform on stage, Mr. Hartnett began to comprehend the richness of traditional Chinese arts and culture.
“There is so much to learn, and that’s what I think we don’t really appreciate in Australia – just how diverse, and how much the Chinese culture has to offer us. In particular, I want to enjoy a tea in Mongolia I think!”
Based in New York, Shen Yun aims to revive 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture, and is independent of the communist regime in China, according to the dance company’s website.
‘I love the costumes’
Ms. Rachel Elizabeth Allavena, a veterinarian, enjoyed the performance of Shen Yun on Friday night. Ms. Allavena and her husband both share an appreciation of the arts, especially international dance and music.
“I love the costumes and the athleticism that the dancers show. That, in combination with the music,” she said.
One of the pieces, titled Sand Monk Is Blessed, based on the beloved Chinese classic Journey to the West, shows one of the adventures of the popular Chinese character, the Monkey King.
Ms. Allavena was pleased to have recognised this character in this comical dance, as he was a character from her childhood.
“Australians love Monkey [King] because it was a TV show here back in the ’80s—when I was a kid. So I’ve seen that before,” she said.
Reporting by NTD Television and Chani Blue.
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