CANBERRA, Australia—Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company put on an “unreal” presentation at the Canberra Theatre, Feb. 17, according to Telstra business manager Chris Anderson.
“Beautiful. The women were absolutely stunning. Normally the men impressed me, but the women impressed me because of the costumes, the colours … unreal,” he said.
Shen Yun was founded in New York in 2006 with a mission to reawaken 5,000 years of China’s cultural heritage, almost lost during the past 60 years of communist rule.
Of European descent and a Roman Catholic background, Mr. Anderson’s appreciation for Chinese culture grew from seeing Shen Yun perform a collection of mini-dramas portrayed in classical Chinese dance.
“We didn’t really know much about it … but Chinese is ancient. There’s so much history about China … It’s sort of hidden in some ways, but … the more you do these types of shows, we Westerners learn a bit more.”
Mr. Anderson said he found Chinese culture “interesting,” as his parents have visited China three times in 10 years. “It’s good. You can always tell good stories [from] song and dance.
In the grand finale, Divine Mercy, a battle arises between good and evil, and celestial beings intervene when calamity strikes. This portrays the belief that “heaven protects the righteous and goodness ultimately triumphs,” according to the program book.
“I think we should be saved,” Mr. Anderson commented. “There’s a lot of lack of respect these days, there’s a lack of cultural self, ancient culture—and they need to come together.”
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 ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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