Business Owner: Shen Yun ‘More than I expected’

May 6, 2012 Updated: December 12, 2012
Achilles Constantinidis and his son, who plays the piano, attend Shen Yun
Achilles Constantinidis and his son, who plays the piano, attend Shen Yun Performing Arts at Sydney's Capitol Theatre. (Luke Hughes/The Epoch Times)

SYDNEY—Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company’s presentation of ancient China’s cultural heritage was held, at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre, on Saturday May 5.

Catching the afternoon performance was business owner Achilles Constantinidis. He was seeing the classical Chinese dance and music performance for the first time.

“We were just saying, the moves were great, the costumes were great, the animations, all spectacular; more than I expected,” he said.

Renowned for its classical Chinese dance, folk and ethnic dance, its orchestral blend of Western and Eastern instrumentation, unique animated backdrops, and gorgeous costumes, Shen Yun gives audiences across the globe a taste of five millennia of traditional Chinese culture.

New York-based Shen Yun is on a mission to revive the divinely inspired Chinese culture, which has been all but destroyed after more than 60 years of communist rule in China. The ancient culture has a deep spiritual core, “with its values of benevolence, honor, propriety, wisdom, and sincerity, as well as a reverence for the gods and the heavens,” according to the Shen Yun website.

‘Very Impressive’

Frank Wilkins  and his daughter after attending Shen Yun
Frank Wilkins and his daughter after attending Shen Yun at Sydney's Capitol Theatre. (Luke Hughes/The Epoch Times)

Also enjoying the extravaganza was Frank Wilkins, an accountant.

“The standard of the performance was very impressive, the music—the musicians particularly were very good; very good indeed and very professional,” Mr. Wilkins said.

He particularly liked the dance, Snowflakes Welcoming Spring, where dancers’ sequined handkerchiefs go spinning through the air. “That was very good, very original. I think that most of the acts are very original too … very well worthwhile,” he added.

He enjoyed the Shen Yun Orchestra with its fusion of Chinese and Western instruments in original composition, as well as the three vocalists, soprano Chia-Ning Hsu and tenor Tian Ge.

“I thought the standard was really high and the singing was extremely good too,” he said. “It was impressive. I’d recommend it,” Mr. Wilkins said.

Reporting by David Deming and Raiatea Tahana-Reese.

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world, with a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will next perform in Honolulu, Hawaii, on May 8-9.

For more information visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

 

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