BRISBANE, Australia—Project Manager Ravi Chopra became engrossed by the Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company’s opening show staged at QPAC’s Lyric Theatre on Feb. 1.
New York-based Shen Yun is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company. Formed in 2006, the company consists of the world’s top overseas Chinese performing artists, who seek to revive five millennia of traditional Chinese culture, art forms, and virtues.
“It is very enthralling, I have not seen such type of women’s gait in such elegance and I was mesmerised with the opening,” Mr. Chopra said.
“The music was fabulous, we didn’t have the time to think, we were so mesmerised; we just watched and watched.”
Mr. Chopra manages a number of different industries and has spent 21 years with Energex, a Queensland State electricity supplier. He was accompanied to the evening performance by Valeria Balgova, a kindergarten teacher from Europe.
Mr. Chopra continued: “In my mind, I was trying to figure [it all] out, ‘Oh look at the colour combination, look at the feet, they all have smiles on their faces.’”
“Such difficult movements and their smiles were always there. It was great, sometimes you miss that in ballets,” he said. “But this was superb, just superb. I have no other words. I would like to come again.”
Also at Friday’s show was retiree Cheryl Bryan, who had flown down specially from Mackay, about 1,000 kilometers away. Ms. Bryan was touched by the beauty and also the message presented by the artists, who are not allowed to perform in mainland China, where the traditional arts are suppressed by the Chinese Communist Party.
“The costumes—I’m in awe of the wardrobe; and the arms and hands were the most beautiful arms and hands I’ve seen on stage,” she said.
“And I really like the message that the show presents, in that we’re so fortunate to be able to see the Chinese culture in action, and unfortunately people in that culture can’t—but keeping that going is just amazing,” Ms. Bryan added.
“For any culture to disappear, I think, leaves us with a hole that nothing can replace, so it’s very sad that things go by way and sometimes they’re never retrieved.”
Ms. Bryan was also impressed by the dancers’ abilities. “They have such a wealth of talent, both physical and creative,” she said.
“The combination of spinning and twirling, along with classical ballet training, isn’t seen anywhere else. That [as well as] the precision and the costuming is all unique. No-one else can do that—it comes from their culture.”
Reporting by NTD Television and Raiatea Tahana-Reese.
Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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