CANBERRA, Australia—The people of Canberra came out in force on Saturday night for the city's final performance of the Chinese Spectacular at the Canberra Theatre.
Heather Irwin, a retired primary school teacher, said she was touched by the show as it had reminded her of trips to China around the time of Tiananmen Square.
"The spirit and the attitude of all the performers was very, very beautiful," she said as she reminisced about her experiences of travelling to China around the time of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
"I had intended going back, but I thought, No, I can't go back with that sort of thing going on," she said.
Ms Irwin said she "liked the way in which the message was put across".
"The spirit and the attitude of all the performers was very, very beautiful."
She did not know the names of the songs, but she said the singing had really got to the heart of the matter.
"Well, I don't know really the name of the song, but the song the baritone sang ['Truth Alone Sets You Free'] about freedom and truth was very touching.
Joy Ready, a court reporter at the High Court, said: "I love the choreography and the costumes, and it is all very good — really lovely."
Personal Carer Sonia Norton said the Spectacular was "beautiful, absolutely gorgeous".
The producers of the show had done "a good job in co-ordinating it", she said. "I am having a great time. "[I] love the one with the cups, bowls ['Mongolian Bowl Dance']. I though that was fantastic and I liked the drumming as well; it gets your heart beating."
Sonia's partner Syd Gasker said the show was "lovely, very enjoyable". "The costumes were brilliant, absolutely, and so was the jail scene. "She was in a very sad mode.
"For me, the Mongolian dance was really something — smooth as."
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