Seeing Shen Yun ‘A rare opportunity’

Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 15, 2013 Last Updated: February 16, 2013
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CANBERRA—Opening night in Canberra, Australia’s capital city, saw the New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company play to a full house, with a very enthusiastic audience, at the Canberra Theatre on Friday, Feb. 15. Terry Twidale, a contract manager at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship was there to see the performance.

“I think it’s excellent,” he said. “The young people are very energetic and athletic and very happy and I think they are very good ambassadors for their culture.”

Shen Yun is often referred to as the world’s premier classical Chinese dance company. Classical Chinese dance is the most comprehensive dance system in the world and has been passed down continuously though the imperial courts for thousands of years.

Mr. Twidale was very impressed by what he saw.

“Their range of skills. The classical dances and the humorous dances. They’re all very energetic … ,” he said.

Shen Yun’s vehicle for story-based dance is classical Chinese dance, “known for its incredible flips and spins, and its gentle elegance—is one of the most rigorous and expressive art forms in the world,” according to the website.

“It’s very spectacular, very colorful. It’s an interesting view of Chinese culture and that it’s very entertaining.”

Working in immigration Mr. Twidale values all cultures, he felt seeing Shen Yun was “a rare opportunity and it’s a very good one.” He said, “I think it’s very interesting for Australians to see some of the Chinese culture because we don’t get the opportunity very often—I’m glad I came to see the show.”

Reporting by NTD Television and Leigh Smith.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit

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