Principal of Brisbane Real Estate Appreciates Shen Yun’s ‘Elegance and grace’

Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 3, 2013 Last Updated: February 5, 2013
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Benjamin Smith and his wife, Lauren Smith enjoy an evening at Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Lyric Theatre. (Emma-Kate/The Epoch Times)

Benjamin Smith and his wife, Lauren Smith enjoy an evening at Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Lyric Theatre. (Emma-Kate/The Epoch Times)

BRISBANE, Australia—Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company, the world’s foremost in classical Chinese dance and music, drew packed houses at QPAC’s Lyric Theatre at every performance from Feb. 1-3.

Lauren Smith, director of payment company Transfer Direct, attended Saturday evening’s show with her husband Benjamin Smith, principal of Brisbane Real Estate.

 Benjamin Smith found “the elegance and the grace of the Chinese culture” appealing, adding that the show was “wonderful.”

Shen Yun Performing Arts was founded in New York in 2006 with a mission to reclaim and renew the true, divinely inspired cultural heritage of China, the program explains. The company has brought together world-class dancers, choreographers, singers, and musicians from around the globe, creating an all-new production every year that offers audiences an experience they will always remember.

“It’s the second time I’ve seen it. Saw it last year. And it’s a totally different show to what I saw last year,” Mr. Smith said.

He particularly liked the costumes, and thought the orchestra was “absolutely fantastic! The timing was very, very beautifully, professionally done.”

Is it possible for the disparate sounds of East and West to find harmony? Many have tried and failed, according to the Shen Yun website. But the ability to seamlessly blend these two systems to create one fresh, harmonious sound is what makes the Shen Yun Performing Arts Orchestra unique.

Mr. Smith said he would tell others; “I think it’s a great introduction to China in the ancient sense. All we see today is modern China, which is a lot of smog, and industry, and what have you. And when you see that its culture goes back thousands of years, it’s just a wonderful thing to experience.”

Mrs. Smith thought the performance was a “fantastic way” to introduce the meditation discipline of Falun Dafa to Australia. “And the costumes and dancers were spectacular as well.”

She continued, “The dances were beautiful, the costumes were beautiful, and the dancers were amazing.”

Mrs. Smith said she had gained a little understanding of Chinese culture at school, but had never seen classical Chinese dance before. “So that was a first for me … it was very interesting.”

Reporting by NTD Television and Raiatea Tahana-Reese.

Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will travel to New Zealand for performances in Wellington, Feb. 5-6 and Auckland, Feb. 8-9 before returning to Sydney.

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit

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