SYDNEY—Dorothy Curnow, a former dancer, and her husband, Nigel Lewis, were in the audience at Sydney's Capitol Theatre on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 19, enjoying Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company.
They decided to attend the New York-based Shen Yun performance when they discovered that Vina Lee, an old friend, was company manager. Ms. Curnow said she had known Ms. Lee since she first arrived in Sydney.
Originally from mainland China, Ms. Lee is a graduate of the Beijing Academy of Dance and was formerly a principal dancer for Guangdong Dance Theatre. Ms. Lee currently serves as Company Manager for Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company.
“We loved this show," said Ms. Curnow. "It exceeded my expectation and I will definitely be here for the next show.”
Shen Yun is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company. Classical Chinese dance has two main categories: ethnic and folk dance. It has a vast training system focusing on bearing, form and techniques.
Ms. Curnow said, “The technique was fabulous, the energy was fabulous. … Technically they were fabulous and they were so disciplined; they were so together.”
Mr. Lewis appreciated the presentation of China’s 5,000 years of history with ancient legends, modern tales and folkloric dances. He said, “The drama was wonderful, a sense of great drama. Very technical.”
Ms. Curnow added, “The costumes, the projection, it was a great experience, we really enjoyed it.”
She said she was so pleased to see her friend again and to experience Shen Yun.
“We found that the performance was a great experience. We would recommend to anyone that it would be a really great way to see Chinese culture,” she said.
Reporting by Jennifer Zheng and Leigh Smith.
Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company will perform at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre through to Feb. 23. Next stop on the tour is Melbourne, March 1-6. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org