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Trilingual Professor Waxes Lyrical about Shen Yun


Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 16, 2013 Last Updated: February 17, 2013
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CANBERRA, Australia—Trilingual university professor Basseer Jeeawody couldn’t find enough words to describe how much he liked Shen Yun Performing Arts.

Speaking after Sunday’s matinee performance, Jan. 17, at the Canberra Theatre, Dr. Jeeawody, an assistant professor in nursing at the University of Canberra’s Faculty of Health, said the show left him “breathless”.

“Just fantastic!” Dr. Jeeawody said after watching the show. “Like they say, fantabulous! Fantastic and fabulous together.”

“It actually portrays a lot of history from China, not just dances and song,” Dr. Jeeawody said. “It’s really just exquisite. The colours, the movements, the history behind it.”

The Sunday performance in Australia’s capital was the Shen Yun Touring Company’s final show in Australia after travelling to Brisbane and Sydney. The Shen Yun Touring Company is one of three Shen Yun companies simultaneously touring the world, each with singers, classical Chinese dancers and a live orchestra. Shen Yun is based in New York and its stated mission is to bring to life 5,000 years of Chinese culture.

Dr. Jeeawody said he observed the audience sitting silent and engrossed during the performance and said he would recommend others see it.

“I would definitely compel them to come,” he said.

Very Impressive

Solicitor Keith Carmody echoed Dr. Jeeawody’s comments on the show’s opening night on Friday, Jan. 15. He learned about Shen Yun Performing Arts at a culture festival and decided to go with his wife Helenie.

“Very enjoyable,” Mr. Carmody said. “Beautiful costumes, the dancers are very light and very athletic, very impressive.”

He said the show demonstrated the diversity of China’s culture and various ethnic groups.

“We think China is one country, but as the Shen Yun company introduced, it is made up of a lot of races, a lot of ethic groups.”

His wife Helenie was equally satisfied.

“I think it’s superb, beautiful,” she said.

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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