Choreographer Finds Shen Yun ‘Aesthetically Beautiful’

May 6, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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Sydney's Capitol Theatre. (Renee Luo/The Epoch Times)

SYDNEY—Distinguished dancer, actor, singer and choreographer, Kelley Abbey is an expert on dance. She choreographed and was the principal performer in the Oscar winning film Happy Feet. It won a Bafta, a Kid’s Choice Award, a New York Film Critics Circle Award, and more. Ms. Abbey’s career has spanned more than 20 years. She saw the Shen Yun New York Company’s final Sydney show on May 6 at the Capitol Theatre.

She spoke very highly of the performance. “It’s great, I love it! It’s very beautifully done. The dancers are very talented, very skilled. It’s very beautiful, the use of the film with the live element together, it’s really well done … aesthetically beautiful,” Ms. Abbey said. 

According to the company website, “Classical Chinese dance has a long history of thousands of years, and while soaking up profound wisdom from every era and dynasty, it has become a complete system of dance embodying traditional aesthetic principles.” The hand-made silk costumes add an extra dimension to the visual experience. Ms. Abbey noted the fans and silk sleeves worn by the dancers.

“What I love is all the patterns with the use of the fans and the silk sleeves and I love those elements of it. It’s beautifully done.” 

She singled out one of the comic dances and one of the all-female dances. “I liked the cheeky monks [Mischievous Little Monks] because of their personalities, playful, mischievous, and the lilies with the fans, [Lotus Leaves] it’s beautiful,” said Ms. Abbey.

Reporting by Rachael Yao and Rebel Eddy

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will next perform in Honolulu, Hawaii, on May 8-9.

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