WELLINGTON, New Zealand—Shen Yun Performing Arts put on a stunning display of Chinese traditional culture in its last performance in Wellington’s classic St. James Theatre on Feb. 6.
Based in New York where it was first established, Shen Yun has a mission to restore China’s five millennia ancient culture through Chinese classical dance, regional and folk dances as well as musical performances.
The matinee show was attended by Jennifer Evans, a dance teacher, and Mira Trifunovic, a physical education teacher.
Ms. Trifunovic commented on the excellence of the colours and the lines and formations [of the dancers] as well as the impressive timing of the pieces. She also found the arm movements of the dancers beautiful.
She enjoyed the variety presented with classical Chinese dances and the ethnic dances visiting “different parts of the country.”
Her friend, Ms. Evans, agreed that the lines were lovely and noted the beauty of the dancers’ head and upper body movements. She was also impressed with the high tech state-of-the-art backdrop.
“These digital backdrop designs complement and synchronize all aspects of the performance: the characters, color of the costumes, specific dance movements, props, lighting, the story being told, particular notes played by the orchestra, and special audio effects,” the Shen Yun website notes.
“The timing of the dancing with the sets—outstanding!” she said.
Shen Yun’s dances and music also provided an an opportunity for children as well as adults to learn more about Chinese culture, said Ms. Trifunovic. “You can see how many people come here to see it.”
It was an “awesome” performance, she said.
‘The backdrop was cool’
Rotha Vinh, a graphic designer who also attended Shen Yun, thoroughly enjoyed watching the performance.
He was impressed with Shen Yun’s choreography—the timing, music, sound, dancing and the lights all came together perfectly, he said.
This was exemplified by the use of animated backdrops where he described how the performers were “flying in and popping out [of the stage]” with perfect timing.
“It’s like the timing was pretty perfect,” he said.
Reporting by NTD Television and Diane Cordemans.
Shen Yun Performing Arts will be travelling to Auckland for evening performances on the Feb. 8 and 9 at the Civic Centre before returning to Sydney for performances on Feb.11 to 12.
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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