Shen Yun Displays Rich Culture in Canberra

'Culturally, I think China is obviously very rich'

Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 15, 2013 Last Updated: February 17, 2013
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CANBERRA, Australia—Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company was well received by a very appreciative audience when it gave its opening performance at the Canberra Theatre, Canberra, on Friday, Feb. 15.

New York-based Shen Yun is a world-renowned classical Chinese dance and music company. Formed in 2006, the New York-based company aims to revive China’s divinely inspired culture through the performing arts.

Accompanying the dancers is the Shen Yun Performing Arts Orchestra whose music lends vitality to the legends and stories of history that run through China’s dynasties and ethnic groups.

“I think it’s been wonderful. It’s very interesting,” said Mr. Geoff McCormack, a public servant. “Culturally, I think China is obviously very rich.

“I really love the performances, the costumes,” he continued.

The hundreds of costumes needed for the performers are handmade and very colourful, according to the company website.

“I like the reference to the injustices that occur in today’s society,” said Mr. McCormack referring to the dance, An Unexpected Encounter.

This dance tells the story of a father and daughter who are caught up in an amazing experience when they encounter the spiritual group Falun Dafa, according to Shen Yun’s program.

“The dancers are very agile and capable,” Mr. McCormack said.

“The settings are interesting and spectacular and used very well.” he added. According to Shen Yun Performing Arts company, the latest techniques in graphic technology are used to create an almost magical experience for the audience.

Reporting by Leigh Smith and Diane Cordemans.

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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