CANBERRA, Australia—On the final leg of its Australian tour, Shen Yun Performing Arts played to a full house at Canberra Theatre Centre on Saturday night, Feb. 16.
Amongst the attendees was freelance journalist, Matthew Raggatt, and his wife, Alison Le, who is a lawyer. Mr. Raggatt shared his thoughts about the show during the interval.
“It’s been excellent so far, very detailed costumes … Very impressive dancing and a good mix of humour and sadness … it’s fantastic,” he said.
The New York-based company’s mission aims to revive 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture, and Mr. Raggatt was impressed by the diversity of the performances.
“I really like the fact that you get a multi-generation and a multi-history look at Chinese civilisation; for someone that doesn’t know a lot about it I think it’s a wonderful introduction.”
According to the Shen Yun website, in ancient times Chinese people referred to China as “the land of the divine.” Mr. Raggatt’s wife found the ancient values portrayed in the show “quite positive.”
“There was a theme about peace and love and harmony, and it was quite respectful … They’re universal values, so I think everybody will appreciate those values,” Ms. Le continued.
Shen Yun is made up of three equally large companies that tour the globe simultaneously. The Shen Yun Touring Company will conclude its Australian tour on Sunday, before continuing on to Taiwan.
Reporting by April Tian and Rebel Eddy.
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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