Shen Yun

Creative Director ‘Very, very privileged’ to Experience Shen Yun

‘It really blew me away’
BY Epoch Times Staff TIMEMay 7, 2014 PRINT

PERTH, Australia—Paul Ventouras came to see Shen Yun Performing Arts at The Regal Theatre, on May 3, because his friend and work colleague who had seen it on opening night told him it was a ‘must see’.

“The way the screen synchronises with the performers, that is what I was totally blown away by. I mean I just think it was absolutely faultless, absolutely faultless,” he said.

“I feel very, very privileged for us to experience the cultural experience like that tonight, I really do. It’s amazing, it really blew me away.”

Mr. Ventouras, owner, director and creative director of Eyestorm Productions, is involved in film productions, commercials, music clips and video production and special effects.

Shen Yun is based in New York and has classical Chinese dance at its heart but also includes folk and ethnic dance, solo singing performances, an orchestra blending traditional Chinese and classical Western instruments playing original scores, handmade originally designed costumes and a state-of-the-art digital backdrop.

“The backdrops are as grand as they are intricate. So remarkably true to life, they allow you to forget where you are, and journey to another place and time.”

As a professional involved in video production and screen projection Mr. Ventouras was enthralled by what he experienced and wished he had better seats.

“The backdrop was amazing, … the way the performers just new when they were dropped down the backdrop, the way they would come up on the screen , it was just seamless, there was not like one second delay. It was just very hard, I admire and respect the dedication the performers, … to make that come together, for the audience,” he said.

“Very ground breaking what they have done tonight. Really great show.”

He said it gave him a lot of inspiration and ideas for future films and productions.
The synchronicity of the performance, and how he was totally immersed in the performance had a profound effect on Mr. Ventouras.

“I was immersed in the experience. It wasn’t like that I was standing back and seeing different actual elements on the stage, the synergy of it all coming together. I was immersed. I actually didn’t feel like I was actually in the theatre, I felt like I was actually involved. I suppose the interaction that I was having with the performers and the screen, it really sort of captivated me,” he said.

“I think the way it has been scripted, story boarded, the way the choreography has been done, very clever. And the way that the performers, their movements and the colours especially the way the colours of the performers are similar to the colours on the backdrop, so there’s that synergy again and the words up on the screen, that was conveying a lot of power as well.”

He explained that for him Shen Yun was more than a theatre performance, more than a physical experience but a complete spiritual experience, a soul stirring experience. He felt a connection with Shen Yun.

“The collective consciousness of human beings, we are all thinking the same way … I think in the intro with all the planets , in the universe and all that , a great way to actually open up the whole Shen Yun experience. Because you start to realise that you’re not just one person living your life, we are all part of humanity.”

“There was really a lot of fascinating aspects of tonight’s show … so feel very privileged to have experienced it tonight.”

He said he really admired the dedication of the performers and the synchronisation was amazing.

Reporting by NTD Television and Leigh Smith

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.

The 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.

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