SYDNEY—Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company’s brilliant light gently washed over its Saturday evening’s audience at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre on May 5.
President of the Australian Water Colour Institute, artist David Van Nunen, was there with his wife Linda, a journalist and author who writes for The Australian newspaper.
Acclaimed as one of Australia’s outstanding colourists, Mr. Van Nunen is renowned for his vivid and evocative images of Sydney Harbour and its foreshores, as well as Australia’s wilderness areas, national parks and botanic gardens. Mr. Van Nunen exhibits regularly in Australia, America, Europe and Mexico.
Linda Van Nunen was the youngest artist ever, at 9, to win the Sir John Sulman Prize in 1989, one of Australia’s longest running art prizes, having been established in 1936. She also has published a book on Fine Art, in 2000.
“It’s wonderful. The dancing is absolutely beautiful,” said Mr. Van Nunen.
His wife agreed wholeheartedly. “It’s honestly exquisitely beautiful. A spectacular show, extremely moving.”
Renowned for its classical Chinese dance, folk and ethnic dance, its orchestral blend of Western and Eastern instruments, state-of-the-art animated backdrops, and gorgeous costumes, Shen Yun gives audiences across the globe a taste of five millennia of traditional Chinese culture. 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.
Mrs. Van Nunen said all aspects of the presentation moved her for the fact that it incorporated not just classical Chinese dance, but ethnic as well as traditional folk dances from China’s vast region.
Mr. Van Nunen said, “I think it’s important to do that, I think it’s absolutely beautiful and to see the Taiwan dancing and also the Tibet and also from China. It’s very beautiful to see that.”
Shen Yun’s dynamic hi-tech digital backdrops, choreographed to match a dance at hand and perfectly synchronised with the orchestra, was something Mrs. Van Nunen had never seen before.
“Let me tell you something, the backdrops are extraordinary. The digital animation is something I’ve never seen before and the way it is integrated with the rest of the show … extraordinary, this is something that everyone should see. I think it’s a brilliant show.”
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.
“I’m interested in all of Chinese culture. I think it’s a wonderful culture, very ancient,” Mr. Van Nunen said.
“A wonderful production. A wonderful opportunity for the world to see Chinese culture,” he added.
Mrs. Van Nunen reiterated, “It’s absolutely beautiful, the dancing is superb, the staging is extraordinary—everything is exquisite about the show and I think everyone should see it, I highly recommend it to everyone.” she said.
Reporting by Luke Hughes 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 perform at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre through May 6.
For more information visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org