Linguistics Researcher: Shen Yun is ‘Absolutely Unique’

April 11, 2012 Updated: August 14, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia—Veronika Abdul Khakova, who is a research assistant at Monash University in the field of arts and linguistics, came to see Shen Yun Performing Arts at Melbourne’s majestic Regent Theatre on opening night, April 11.

Like many audience members, she was impressed by the mastery of the dancers and the dazzling costumes: “It was absolutely amazing and I was impressed most of all by the costumes and the colours and all the details. And the choreography was not as usual ballet, they don’t stand on the toes, that’s what I noticed. It’s my first time with classical Chinese dance, so that’s what I noticed. And they’re very light, they’re just flicking their legs in the air so that’s what I was impressed with.”

Ms. Abdul was so inspired that she was planning to join a class where she can develop her own physical flexibility and agility.

Shen Yun’s emcees also explain the various parts of the show to provide the audience with the cultural context and this was particularly helpful Ms. Abdul said. “I was surprised that they explained every dance; that was absolutely great. So it gave me more of an understanding of the culture. I’d never thought about China.”

Although Shen Yun Performing Arts was established in 2006 with the mission of reviving 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture, this is not reflective of the current Chinese regime. The company is based in New York and was started by a group of artists who are seeking to share with the world the Chinese traditional culture that has been all but completely demolished after more than 60 years of communist rule in China. However, the deeper spiritual core of the ancient culture, with its values of benevolence, honor, propriety, wisdom, and sincerity, as well as a reverence for the gods and the heavens, cannot be destroyed, states the company’s website.

Ms. Abdul concluded by saying that she would like to recommend the show to everyone. “I would like to invite the members of my family for the show while it’s in Melbourne. It’s very rare, something absolutely unique in Melbourne.”

Today, Shen Yun has already grown to three performance companies and orchestras of comparable size.

Shen Yun counts many winners of international dance and vocal competitions among its artists, and the orchestras include many musicians from world-renowned symphonies and conservatories.

Reporting by NTD Television and Kati Turcu.

Based in New York, Shen Yun Performing Arts, is touring the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. Shen Yun Performing Arts will perform in Melbourne, Australia, at The Regent Theatre, 191 Collins Street, through April 15.

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