BRISBANE, Australia—Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate and his wife attended Shen Yun Performing Arts’ second performance at the Lyric Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 2, for the matinee show.
New York-based Shen Yun is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance company, bringing 5,000 years of history to life onstage through ancient legends, folk tales, and contemporary stories.
Mayor Tate appreciated the quality of the dances and the variety of the program.
“I think it’s a good mixture between artistry, and also everyone makes it look so easy and they’re light on their feet, but at the same time, every single part, there’s always a message you can take away,” he said.
“Sometimes people have to stand up for what they believe, so each part of course has different messages.”
Some of the performances depict the ancient Chinese belief that good is rewarded with good and evil repaid with suffering. Mayor Tate agreed with this ideology, saying that these ideals would improve society.
“Personally I believe that if you do good, you will get good back, so if everyone believes in that, the more chance that everyone will do good and it will make the world a better place.”
Each performance is introduced by two emcees, one Chinese-speaking and one English-speaking. Mayor Tate felt this added to the performance. “I think the two people who do the introductions, the mixture between talking in English and talking in Chinese, and the humour, it makes you connected with the audience.”
Mrs. Tate also appreciated Shen Yun. “I think it’s all been very, very good. I’ve enjoyed everything,” she said. “I think it’s happy, I’m enjoying it, and I feel the happiness and the enthusiasm.”
Reporting by Deming Gao and Leigh Smith.
Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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