GOLD COAST, Australia—Raymond Chan, executive movie producer for Australian movies, was rejuvenated by what he experienced at Shen Yun Performing Arts at the opening night in Queensland, on April 24, at the Arts Centre, on the Gold Coast.
“Shen Yun. Ah! It’s an absolute visual feast for sore eyes. You know it’s so spectacular,” he said.
Mr. Chan was particularly impressed with Shen Yun’s choreography and large-scale production.
“Well, the size of the production, you know the one hundred performers, very often they are on stage together, which makes it very spectacular especially with the costuming and so on,” he said.
Raymond Chan, an actor and producer, is known for The Surfer (1986), Gallagher’s Travels (1987) and Tough Ninja the Shadow Warrior (1986). He is currently executive producer for Drown, an Australian film made in Sydney, which is ready for world-wide and DVD release after its tour of the film festival circuit.
“As coming from performing arts background, I’m always amazed how the performing arts can transcend all boundaries of nationality, culture and so on and just focus on the great aim of entertaining an audience—I think that’s what you guys are all about,” explains Mr. Chan.
The primary trait that distinguishes the singers of Shen Yun is their use of bel canto technique to sing Chinese text. Today, these singers’ ability to do this is unparalleled, explains the company’s website.
“I’m very much into opera myself. I did casting for Miss Saigon. And so I managed opera singers. So that part of it appealed to me a great deal as well. So you have music and you have dance and you know, all the visual elements of costume and the backdrops and so on, it’s just put together extremely well.”
A belief in the Divine is an inherent part of Chinese traditional culture, and Mr. Chan feels that is relevant in today’s world.
“Oh yes, definitely, I think people are searching for answers to a lot of questions. You know I mean life is becoming more complex and more fast-paced, and people are starting to ask questions and they’re looking for answers.”
Standing ovations at the world’s top venues, royalty attending in Europe, sold-out shows throughout North America, and packed houses across Asia have made Shen Yun an international phenomenon, says the website.
“Definitely go and see it. You know, it’s really worthwhile, because it’s so spectacular and they have come a long way. They’ve stood the test of time—you had 16 sellouts in Los Angeles, one city alone. So you know there must be something to it. So I think the show has proven itself to have a mass appeal right, and people keep coming back, and more and more people see it,” said Mr. Chan.
“Congratulations to the producers, directors and performing artists. I think it’s a job really well done. I will certainly recommend it to all my friends. And I have brought some friends tonight.”
Reporting by NTD Television and Christine Ford
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.
The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006