CANBERRA, Australia—From mainland China, Ms. Liu had only been in Australia for two months when she saw Shen Yun Performing Arts perform at the Canberra Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 16.
Ms. Liu is a graphic design professional. When she arrived in Melbourne, she learned that Shen Yun is a high-level performance through The Epoch Times. The New York-based dance company’s mission is to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture through classical Chinese dance and music.
After her friend invited her to drive to Canberra to see the show, Ms. Liu was still hesitant, but seeing the show changed her mind completely. “I am extremely grateful to my friend who invited me; otherwise I would not have even known what kind of performance I had missed!”
Ms. Liu continued: “Watching Shen Yun is really magical. When I was sitting in the car, I felt very exhausted from working all week, and the nearly eight-hour long car ride was also very tiring. However, what was magical was that as I stepped into the theater, I started feeling more and more relaxed. As the show continued, I actually became very energetic, and all the discomforts in my body were like they had never existed.”
Ms. Liu said the show is different from anything she has ever seen before.
“At first, I thought it to be simply an art performance; however, I discovered all the elements, from the choreography to the content, are all so moving. As soon as the show began and the curtains were raised, I was completely taken aback because I had no idea it would be that beautiful.”
Ms. Liu said she was deeply moved a number of times. “As the light reached my eyes, I felt so overwhelmed, and the tears just fell. Later when I saw the program where the good people were being persecuted, once again I cried,” she said.
“As a Chinese person, when a program like that appears onstage, it is very unexpected and brings a wave of sadness, because I understand what the environment is like there [in China].”
The classical traditions in Shen Yun also surprised Ms. Liu. “As I sat below the stage, I would think if only I could be dancing like that onstage too. Although it is performed in Western countries, this truly is very traditional Chinese dance and folk dance, not mixed with any other art forms or current trends. I believe only like this can our own traditional culture be expressed.”
As a designer, Ms. Liu was very impressed by the color coordination. “Especially in the piece, Phoenix Fairies, the matching of those two very extreme colors, the colder toned purple-blue color and the warmer-toned orange color, created a unique and brilliant effect. When worn on the dancers, they looked like they were flying. It was especially beautiful,” she said.
“I admire and respect the stage artists of Shen Yun very much. Every time the curtains were about to be raised I would guess what kind of scene would come next, and every time I would be surprised as the light hit my eyes.”
Read the original Chinese article.
Reporting by Xiao Qin and Irene Luo.
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