2016 ‘Year of the Monkey,’ Shen Yun Comes to Adelaide

February 7, 2016 8:24 pm Last Updated: February 8, 2016 2:40 am

ADELAIDE, Australia—With an orchestra to complement a full and vibrant production, Shen Yun Performing Arts World Company is coming to the Adelaide Festival Centre on Feb. 9.

And suited to China’s lunar ‘Year of the Monkey’ celebrations, Shen Yun performs a dance, among several others, featuring the lovable and mischievous ‘Monkey King’ adapted from China’s classic literary work, “Journey to the West“.

Shen Yun is renowned for weaving a tapestry of magic and purity, a production where goodness prevails and legends and myths come to life. Unique additions are that the Shen Yun orchestra melds ancient Eastern with the distinctive Western symphony; a pianist accompanies the Italian bel canto operatic singers; and an erhu (the “Chinese two-stringed violin”) solo leaves the audience mesmerised. Colourful costumes with lavishly adorned headdresses are set against high-tech backdrops and stage lighting that comes together in an explosion of radiance.

Hon. Leesa Vlahos MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health is looking forward to attending the Shen Yun’s evening performance in Adelaide.

The parliamentarian hailed Shen Yun’s 2016 world tour as “an important form of cultural dialogue between the East and West, spoken in the universal language of music and dance,” she wrote in a welcoming note.

Meanwhile, government officials in Perth have been overwhelmed by the Shen Yun’s performance on opening night, Jan. 30, which drew a full house.

Linda Ager and Tony Krsticevic attend Shen Yun Performing Arts at the recently renovated Regal Theatre, in Perth, on Jan. 30, 2016. (Epoch Times)
Linda Ager and Tony Krsticevic attend Shen Yun Performing Arts at the recently renovated Regal Theatre, in Perth, on Jan. 30, 2016. (Epoch Times)

“Fantastic! It was an amazing show,” said Tony Krsticevic, a member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Western Australia attending the performance at the Regal Theatre in Perth.

The Honorable Melissa Parke, Federal Member for Freemantle after attending Shen Yun performing Arts at Perth's Regal Theatre, on Jan. 30, 2016. (Epoch Times)
The Honorable Melissa Parke, Federal Member for Freemantle after attending Shen Yun performing Arts at Perth’s Regal Theatre, on Jan. 30, 2016. (Epoch Times)

Also attending was The Honorable Melissa Parke, Federal Member for Freemantle, who appreciated the vibrant colours and quality of the performance.

“It was an absolutely spectacular performance of the highest standard of dance,” she said. “Just love the colours of the beautiful costumes, and all of the ribbons, and the twirling, and the jumps. It was so spectacular.”

“It was absolutely wonderful,” said Mr. Peter Abetz, a state member of Parliament in Southern River since 2006. “Overall, it was an overwhelming experience.”

But, back in Adelaide, the Adelaide Festival Centre dubbed as the ‘Heart of the Arts,’ prepares to host the world’s renowned classical Chinese dance and music company, Feb. 9.

The theatre takes pride of place on the slopes of the Torrens River within the city centre which is surrounded by natural bush and parklands.

After a brief stop, Feb. 9, for a matinee and evening performance, Shen Yun heads to New Zealand’s most populous city, Auckland, (Feb. 12-14) and then on to the country’s capital, Wellington, (Feb. 16-17).

Shen Yun then returns to Australia for performances in Melbourne,(Feb. 20-24), Brisbane, (Feb.26-28), Toowoomba, (March 2), Gold Coast, (March 4-5), and finally to Sydney, (March 8-13).

Leaving Sydney, the company crosses the Pacific Ocean to begin its Asian-leg of its world tour in Taiwan, before returning to the United States in May.

But for now, Shen Yun can put the winter season behind them to spend seven weeks, the longest visit yet Down Under, enjoying Oceania’s mostly glorious days of summer.

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.

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.