BRISBANE, Australia—Music therapist Thea Booth could feel the undercurrent of divine grace as the curtain rose on Shen Yun’s fourth and final performance at the Lyric Theatre in Brisbane on Feb. 3.
Hailing from New York, Shen Yun Performing Arts traverses the globe with a mission of reviving China’s ancient, divinely inspired culture.
“It was absolutely beautiful, the message, the philosophy,” Ms. Booth said, adding that she thoughts the comperes were very clever and witty. “In the production there was lot of humour, but there was also finesse.”
Ms. Booth was particularly impressed by the interaction of the dancers with the digital backdrops, which create vividly animated settings with state-of-the-art graphics technology, extending the stage, and transporting the audience to a world where heaven and earth are one.
“What absolutely thrilled me was [the dancers] falling off the back of the stage, and then being whipped up into the actual backdrop and taken up into paradise into the clouds,” Ms. Booth said. “It was so synchronized.”
The diverse storytelling kept Ms. Booth spellbound throughout the performance. She found the 5,000 years of Chinese culture presented in Shen Yun intriguing as it went back through the dynasties.
The stories bring to life the inner essence of China’s culture, according to the Shen Yun website. This includes ancient legends, characters and tales from history, and representative events from the modern world, like the persecution of the meditation discipline of Falun Gong by the Chinese Communist Party.
“The harshness of the treatment of the people in prison was realistic and confronting; it was very clever,” said Ms. Booth.
Overall, she found the show very harmonious. “It was elegant but defined. There were definite movements, yet there was individuality and a lot of play on comic fun. It was very clever and very sweet.”
Ms. Booth thought Shen Yun was “utterly beautiful, fascinating, interesting, historical,” and she noted the artists’ “devotion to the ancient civilization through dance and theatre as an ongoing thing, and they come from all around the world to do it—that is true dedication.”
“It’s making so many people happy, including me.”
Reporting by NTD Television and Emma-Kate Stampton.
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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