CANBERRA, Australia—Brian Pye, a statistician with the Australian Bureau of Statistics attended the Shen Yun Performing Arts New-York Company show at the Canberra Theatre on Wednesday night April 18. It was the last of two shows that drew a packed house to the Canberra Theatre.
The show received two curtain calls and one encore for tenor Hong Ming who made his company debut in 2008 and is designated as a National First-Rank Performer in China according to the program book.
Mr. Pye had seen a clip from a promotion video and he thought he’d really would enjoy that. When a ticket became available through the social club at work he grabbed the opportunity to buy a ticket and having seen the show he is glad he did.
Mr. Pye said he can appreciate the Chinese history, “a very colorful history and an important history to them.”
In order to restore and revive Chinese traditional culture, a group of overseas Chinese artists established Shen Yun in New York in 2006. . By 2009, Shen Yun had already grown to three performance Companies and orchestras of comparable size, states the website.
Mr. Pye said the show was excellent, “the color was wonderful, I really enjoyed it.”
One of the features that strikes audience members most is Shen Yun’s colorful costumes. Even leading fashion designers leave the show excited with new inspiration, states the website.
Mr. Pye also enjoyed the dance and the choreography, “I knew Chinese traditional dance would be very beautiful to watch” he said.
Within classical Chinese dance lie China’s rich cultural traditions, which allow its movements to be deeply expressive, states the Program book.
Mr. Pye still remembered the Tiannanmen Square incident and said “I’m aware of some of the persecution that’s taking place over there.”
In the dance Before Disaster the Divine is Rescuing, “When all seems lost, the Lord Buddha intervenes to save the Earth. The good are spared disaster,” states the program book.
“They’ve got some wonderful instruments in traditional China” said Mr. Pye. He was referring to the erhu , a two stringed instrument, with its magical haunting sound, played by erhu soloist Xiaochun Qi.
Reporting by Luke Hughes and Ron Champagne
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 next performs in Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand, April 20-24.
For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.