Shen Yun ‘Absolutely magical,’ Says Designer

Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 16, 2013 Last Updated: February 19, 2013
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Gretel Harrison enjoys Shen Yun Performing Arts in Canberra. (Courtesy of NTD Television)

Gretel Harrison enjoys Shen Yun Performing Arts in Canberra. (Courtesy of NTD Television)

CANBERRA, Australia—Gretel Harrison was enchanted by Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company, the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music show, at the Canberra Theatre on Saturday evening, Feb. 16.

“It was magical, absolutely magical; the children were totally absolutely mesmerised, the synchronicity was phenomenal, the costumes were amazing, the headpieces were phenomenal, and the energy—the amount of energy was beautiful, very beautiful, it was heavenly,” Ms. Harrison said.

In 1996, Ms. Harrison joined design company F!NK & Co. as a director, managing innovative marketing, sales and distribution strategies. She has over 17 years’ marketing experience working in commercial and government sectors.

“I think dance is an international language, and I think the way everybody moved together, it was a strong story, a story was told, and the colour, and the movement, and the costumes, just made it so much more fulfilling, and the coordination of everyone together was truly spectacular. It was very beautiful.”

Classical Chinese dance has a long history of thousands of years, passed down within the imperial palace, alongside ancient Chinese theatre and opera.

Ms. Harrison was captivated by the elegance of the dancers. “The way they moved so elegantly together, and the telling of the stories for me was the most touching,” she said.

The Shen Yun pieces draw upon stories and legends that span China’s history from the Yellow Emperor, through the Tang and Song dynasties, all the way to modern-day China.

Ms. Harrison also found it interesting to see the ethnic and folk dances representative of China’s different regions, showing the beautiful “richness of the Chinese culture.”

She thinks everyone should go and see the show. “I would say that it’s an experience not to be missed, it’s a very rich and fulfilling experience … I’m glad that I could share that with my children, because I think it’s very important for them to see how other cultures dance, and how they express themselves, and how they show their culture that way.”

Ms. Harrison wanted to thank the Shen Yun artists for their “amazing dedication” to Chinese culture and art.

Her daughter also enjoyed the many dance pieces presented by Shen Yun.

“They were … really graceful and beautiful, and the costumes were amazing and they did so much stuff I thought it was just mesmerising,” she said. “And I liked how they worked so hard and they just kept on going and they were so into it.”

“It was amazing, they didn’t stop, and the costumes … all of the colours were really nice and bright.”

Reporting by NTD Television and Raiatea Tahana-Reese.

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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