AUCKLAND, New Zealand—The costumes “were just amazing,” said fashion designer, Rossalia Almeida, when she saw Shen Yun Performing Arts for their final performance at the ASB Theatre, in the Aotea Centre, on April 12.
“Everything was really colourful and the colours came out together really beautifully. And the silks as well were just amazing,” she said.
“The shades of the colours were just perfect, definitely. They really did an amazing job.”
Shen Yun is based in upstate New York and according to their website “Every costume in a Shen Yun performance is presented with brilliant colors, displaying a splendid spectacle—from the Tang Dynasty’s “Raiment of Rainbows and Feathers” to imperial dragon robes, phoenix coronets, and cloud capes; from the civil official’s headdress and robes to the warrior’s helmet and armor; and from the traditional rightward cross-collared Han clothing to the ethnic attire of the Manchurian, Tibetan, Dai, Mongol, and Uyghur ethnic groups.”
As a notable fashion designer Ms. Almeida has an eye for all the subtleties in the costumes’ colours and designs.
“I think looking at the Chinese culture, the costumes and the colour really spoke about the culture and brought the culture we could see through the designs, definitely,” she said.
“I was actually surprised with the colours that were picked for the costumes.
“I thought they were very creative, they used shades I’ve never expect, shades of each colour that I never expect them to use. Light pinks, and light greys, aqua colours, so I was a bit surprised, but I think it was just amazing, it was amazing really.”
Classical Chinese dance is the heart of Shen Yun but it also includes folk and ethnic dance as well as mini-dramas bringing legends and myths to life.
There were many aspects Ms. Almeida loved.
“It was amazing, it was really one of the best shows I have ever seen, was really good,” she said.
“It was perfect!
“Everything, the screen, the timing, the dancers, everything came together so perfectly, I was really amazed by that.”
Ms. Almeida was already making a list of people she would invite to come and see Shen Yun next year and excited about what next year’s performance might look like.
“They must see it, they must, they must see it,” she said.
“Not only in New Zealand, if they have the chance to see the show anywhere around the world they have to do, they have to see it.”
In summing up Ms. Almeida said Shen Yun is “Unforgettable.”
Ms. Almeida is originally from South Brazil and has worked in fashion for ten years, following her passion and her blood rather continuing in physiotherapy.
Reporting by NTD Television and Leigh Smith
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit Shen Yun Performing Arts.
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