SYDNEY—The world-renowned Shen Yun Performing Arts company has arrived in Sydney just in time for Chinese New Year celebrations, offering its own distinctive extravaganza of classical Chinese dance, vibrant narrative and song.
On the back of performances in Brisbane and New Zealand, the Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company, one of three Shen Yun companies touring the world, flew into Sydney on Sunday in preparation for three performances at the Capitol Theatre on Monday and Tuesday.
State and Federal Members of Parliament extended their greetings to the New York-based group.
“The Shen Yun group has received international recognition for its depiction of Chinese heritage through the ages and its performances bring to life the rich diversity and colour of the Chinese culture,” said Tony Issa, New South Wales State Member for Granville.
As someone who has experienced the magnificent costumes, colour, rhythm, movement and precision expressed as the Shen Yun bring to life stories from China’s history and culture, I can attest to the wonder and majesty of the production.
—Craig Kelly, the Federal Member for Hughes
Craig Kelly, the Federal Member for Hughes, says he has been a fan of Shen Yun since seeing it with his daughter.
“Along with my daughter, as someone who has experienced the magnificent costumes, colour, rhythm, movement and precision expressed as the Shen Yun bring to life stories from China’s history and culture, I can attest to the wonder and majesty of the production,” Mr. Kelly said.
Shen Yun’s stated mission is to revive 5,000 years of civilisation, bringing to life China’s ancient legends, folk tales and contemporary stories through the comprehensive medium of classical Chinese dance.
Each dance company travels with an orchestra combining traditional Western and Chinese instruments to give the music a “dramatic new sound,” according to the Shen Yun website. Dancers perform in front of stunning digital backdrops which transport them to scenes from China’s ancient history and across its varied landscape.
Shen Yun performed to packed houses in Brisbane’s QPAC Lyric Theatre last week, where audience members applauded the company’s mission to restore the arts.
“It was just magnificent,” said Queensland State Senator Mark Furner. “The scenery, the costumes, the colours—vibrant, beautiful, and really mind-blowing.”
He now has a photograph of the company members, which will “take pride of place” in his Parliament House office.
At Sunday’s matinee, Anthony Shorten, Member for Algester in the Queensland State Parliament, presented a certificate to Shen Yun “in appreciation for their efforts and bringing joy and happiness to so many people.”
“I have never seen anything like this before, and the way I would describe this would be energizing, full of life and full of colour, just beautiful, beautiful colours,” Mr. Shorten said.
“We all know that China has a very old culture, 5,000-odd years, but Shen Yun brings a modernisation to that, opening it up to a wider audience.”
From Sydney the company performs in Canberra on Friday through Sunday, before going on to two months of performances in Taiwan, Korea, and Japan.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will be playing at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre, Feb. 11 to 12, and then at Canberra Theatre, Feb. 15 to 17. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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