WELLINGTON, New Zealand—Enthusiastic fans carrying bouquets and a large banner welcomed the Shen Yun Performing Arts cast as they arrived at Wellington Airport this afternoon for two performances at the St. James Theatre.
Windy Wellington, the world’s largest city in the Roaring Forties latitude turned on a wonderfully calm day for the New York-based performers for whom this is their second visit to New Zealand’s capital.
The city, considered by many as the culinary capital of the country, is known for having per capita, an extraordinary number of quirky cafes and excellent eateries.
But some would say that it is the world of arts and culture that make Wellington such an exciting place with live theatre, opera and musical shows all contributing to a thriving, bustling city. Last year Shen Yun performers received multiple ovations from an audience that included many well known personalities from dancing and musical academies.
The company received a welcoming letter from Green Party member of parliament, Steffan Browning as well as from Masterton Mayor Garry Daniell who, with his wife Lindy, had attended Shen Yun last year.
“I am sure that many New Zealanders will benefit from this spectacular celebration of customs and tales portrayed with the intricate costumes, brilliant choreography and musical composition reflecting 5,000 years of Chinese tradition,” wrote Mayor Daniell, adding how impressed he and his wife had been.
This year the New York-based Shen Yun company will be presenting a matinee performance on Waitangi Day, one of New Zealand’s most important public holidays that commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document—a treaty signed between the indigenous Maori people and the British Crown.
Following Wellington’s performances, Shen Yun Performing Arts will continue on to Auckland where they will be performing at Auckland’s majestic Civic Theatre, the venue of their first performance six years ago.
Shen Yun will be performing at the St. James Theatre, Wellington on 5 to 6 February 2013 and the 8 to 9 February at the Civic Theatre, Auckland.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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