Shen Yun Gives Art Gallery Owner a Surreal Experience

Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 2, 2013 Last Updated: February 3, 2013
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Troy Williams enjoyed Shen Yun Performing Arts, on Saturday night, at the Lyric Theatre. (Emma-Kate Stampton/The Epoch Times)

Troy Williams enjoyed Shen Yun Performing Arts, on Saturday night, at the Lyric Theatre. (Emma-Kate Stampton/The Epoch Times)

BRISBANE, Australia—”The artistic merits go well beyond belief, ” said art gallery owner Troy Williams after enjoying the Shen Yun Performing Arts performance on Saturday night at the Lyric Theatre in Brisbane.

Mr. Williams is the owner and curator of well known Brisbane contemporary art space C Gallery where he showcases an array of Australian artists and features hand blown glass pieces, a passion he discovered while working in Europe as curator and researcher at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

A man of many talents Mr. Williams is a gold medal ballroom dancer and showed deep appreciation of the Shen Yun dancers’ skills.

“To be able to get the expression on the face, the tiny little details of the fine lines, the fans being twirled, that takes years. And yet to be able tell a story and do it without looking like technically carrying out a performance, it’s just amazing.”

New York-based Shen Yun is an internationally renowned classical Chinese dance and music company. Formed by overseas Chinese artists, the company’s mission is to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture.

Mr. Williams said he felt almost surreal after seeing such a beautiful show. “If you see past the actual costumes, and the color, and the beauty of it all, you know, you can see the actual stories and tradition of Chinese culture coming through.”

China’s divinely-inspired traditional culture thrived for thousands of years but was nearly destroyed during violent campaigns, such as the Cultural Revolution, waged by the Chinese communist regime, as noted in the company’s website.

“There’s a lot of Chinese culture that lot of the world don’t get to see, and it needs to be shown, because it’s so beautiful and humble.”

From an artist’s perspective he was incredibly grateful to see Shen Yun and discover a new traditional means of art. “The performance was technically brilliant, colourful, beautiful, but yet the underlying truth of the whole story was behind it.”

Reporting by NTD Television and Emma-Kate Stampton.

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit

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