BRISBANE, Australia—Ray Williams watched Shen Yun Performing Arts’ matinee performance at the Lyric Theatre with his wife Betty and one of their sons on Saturday, Feb. 2.
New York-based Shen Yun aims to revive five millennia of traditional Chinese culture through dance and music.
From High Wycombe in England’s Thames Valley, Mr. Williams is a founding director, and former managing director of the Medishield corporation. He thought the show was “absolutely wonderful.”
As volunteers for the Wycombe Swan Theatre, Mr. and Mrs. Williams have watched many theatrical performances, but Shen Yun is their favourite.
“We have seen some of the best shows in the world, in England,” Mr. Williams said. “We’ve seen the high Russian ballet, we’ve seen the Siberian Ballet, the Scarlet Opera. I’ve been to the Scarlet Valley in Italy, I’ve been to the Royal Albert Hall only four weeks ago, and I can tell you this now, truthfully; that is the most colourful, most beautiful production I’ve ever seen in my life. I’m 76 and to say that to you is a big tribute to the Chinese.”
While in Australia visiting the couple’s two sons, Mr. Williams is negotiating with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra to have his recent piece, “Wild Flowers Concerto,” included in their schedules.
“I’ve been in music all my life,” Mr. Williams said. “I’ve got to the advanced level of the Royal Academy of Music in London. I’m a composer as well.”
Shen Yun performers bring exquisite beauty and a variety of mythical stories to the audiences. “I think, the colour combination of the costumes was just miraculous, the stories, everything is new to us,” Mr. Williams said. “… just wonderful … the stories and the absolute precision of the dancers.”
Mrs. Williams commented on the piece Phoenix Fairies, in which the dancers wear shimmering skirts that echo the star-speckled sky. She thought “the colour and the co-ordination were wonderful.”
Mr. Williams said he would recommend Shen Yun to 100 percent of his friends, adding “it is well worth every cent.”
Reporting by Feng Liang and Janine Rankin.
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will head across the Tasman for shows in Wellington, Feb. 5-6 and Auckland, Feb. 8-9. The company will then return to Sydney and Canberra before heading to Taiwan. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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