BRISBANE, Australia—Three friends shared a wonderful experience when they saw Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Lyric Theatre on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 2.
Brooke Kasselke, a carer for the disabled, came to see Shen Yun with her sister, and Ms. Tiiu, a retired metaphysical councillor.
Ms. Tuii had always been interested in culture and spirituality, and was drawn to experience Shen Yun, saying she felt “a sense of that in the show.”
Shen Yun brings to the stage classical Chinese dance, a dance form passed down for thousands of years, accompanied by a live orchestra of classical Western and traditional Chinese instruments.
“It’s been absolutely delightful,” Ms. Tuii said. “I’ve really enjoyed it.”
Ms. Kasselke said, “it’s been amazing … I loved it.”
The program also includes solo operatic performances, and the soprano, Min Jiang, singing “Heavenly Secret” moved Ms. Tuii to tears.
“I found myself quite emotional as she was singing. I thought that was just beautiful and even talking about it I can feel it,” Ms. Tuii said. “… I didn’t understand the language—I could read it up on the screen—but it wasn’t that, it was the feeling of it. I don’t really know, I just know that each time she sang I had a really deep response to it.”
“She was something,” Ms. Kasselke added.
The handmade, intricately embroidered costumes were “very colourful … delightful … just wonderful,” Ms. Tuii said.
Shen Yun exhibits performances across five millennia of Chinese history, showcasing classical Chinese, ethnic, and folk dances.
Ms. Tuii thought, “the dancers are wonderful and it’s got a lovely moving ring to it, I really liked it.” She has been to China, and said, “it was lovely to see the different regions and eras being represented.”
In summing up, Ms. Kasselke said that even though she does not dance, Shen Yun made her “want to dance.”
Reporting by NTD Television 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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