Australian TV Producer Says Shen Yun Is ‘Evocative, Colourful and Spiritual’

By Margery Dunn, Epoch Times
March 27, 2017 Updated: March 27, 2017

MELBOURNE, Australia—Well known television executive producer and writer, Jason Herbison said he really enjoyed Shen Yun Performing Arts after experiencing a performance at the Regent Theatre, its final Melbourne performance, on March 26.

“It’s beautiful! It’s spectacular!” he said.

“Such an explosion of colour. I’ve got my six-year-old daughter with me, and what I love about it as well, it’s fast moving, each vignette is very quick, it’s pacey, it holds your interest—I think it’s terrific.”

Based in New York, Shen Yun is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company with a mission to revive China’s traditional culture. Through dances and mini-dramas, it gives the audience a glimpse of 5000 years of tradition and culture, extolling universal values such as truth, compassion, and good versus evil.

“It’s brilliant, it’s amazing, I really loved it. I just loved the way they use the whole stage, it’s very well done,” Mr. Herbison said.

“With the dancing, what I loved is, it encompasses a lot of genres and a lot of eras. … It seems to be a little bit of everything.”

Mr. Herbison is a novelist, writer, storyliner, script producer, producer, series producer known for his work on soap operas such as ‘Shortland Street,’ ‘Home and Away’ and currently as producer for ‘Neighbours.’ Among his novels are ‘And the Winner Is’ and ‘The Price of Fame.’

As a writer and producer Mr. Herbison appreciated the story-dances, how they were depicted and the meanings and messages in them.

“It’s very interesting, I think it was really interesting, the piece … the host talked about it how the show cannot be performed in China. I think that’s incredible, I’m sad for those audiences, but it’s great that the rest of the world can see that and experience the messaging. Young people can see it and think about it, about what it all means,” he said.

“I’m learning more about the Chinese culture.”

There were many aspects to the performance that Mr. Herbison loved.

“I loved the baritone [Qu Yue], he said.

In summing up Mr. Herbison said Shen Yun was “Evocative, colourful and spiritual.”

Reporting by Elizabeth Li and Leigh Smith

With five touring companies performing simultaneously around the world, New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts aims to revive China’s nearly lost traditional performing arts and time-honored values.

The Epoch Times, considering Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time, has proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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