WELLINGTON, New Zealand—The Chinese classical dance and music company, Shen Yun Performing Arts, showcased traditional Chinese culture for the final day at Wellington’s St. James Theatre, on Wednesday evening, February 6.
Mr. Shivarh Ratnaharan, a property investor, attended the performance because he had heard about the spiritual practice of Falun Dafa whose teachings are rooted in ancient Chinese culture, a culture which he found very interesting.
Shen Yun based in New York, has three companies touring the world simultaneously. The company features story-based classical dance, folk and regional dances as well as an orchestra of combined European and Traditional Chinese instruments.
The company’s mission is to revive the authentic Chinese traditional culture which was decimated during the Chinese Cultural revolution.
Mr. Ratnaharan enjoyed the ethnic dances, the Inspired Dance of the Yi and the Mongolian Bowl Dance.
“They were really, really exhilarating [and] pretty. It was well choreographed and very well performed,” he said impressed.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts endeavours to renew China’s ancient heritage through dance and music that is true to the culture’s deep spiritual essence, with its values of compassion, propriety, wisdom, honour, sincerity, and reverence for the divine.
“They haven’t been given an opportunity to express themselves … and I think that’s pretty sad,” said Mr. Ratnahara.
He was referring to a dance that tells a story of good versus evil in today’s China—the communist regime’s persecution of Falun Gong, a spiritual practice. [An Unexpected Encounter] he hoped that one day the spiritual group will be able to express their beliefs freely inside China.
Mr. Ratnahara was pleased that the traditional Chinese instruments, such as the pipa [also known as the Chinese lute] had been introduced into the programme.
The rendition of the tenor, Tian Ge, [who sang “Dafa Has Spread, Yet You Are Still Lost"] was also very enjoyable, he said.
This year’s programme also included the soprano soloist, Feng Ming. While the songs are sung in Mandarin the audience can read a translation of the lyrics which are projected on to the backdrop.
“I was reading the lyrics which [were] interesting. Really the program has been well choreographed and planned,” said Mr. Ratnahara.
Reporting by Daisy Lee and Diane Cordemans.
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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