MELBOURNE, Australia—Melbourne’s Regent Theatre is currently the place to be, according to snippets of interviews collected after Shen Yun Performing Arts second of six shows, held Thursday night on April 12.
The New York-based Shen Yun—world’s premier of classical Chinese dance and music—has at heart to revive China’s 5,000-year-old traditional values, portrayed through story-based dances and song.
Mohamed Elkadi, project manager and Zena Helou, dietician, were amongst those enjoying the radiant colours and synergy of the presentation.
Magical animated backdrop scenes that interacted between screen and stage, a full orchestral ensemble playing a blend of ancient Chinese and contemporary Western original instrumentals, soloist musicians and vocalists, and dancers moving in synchronised patterns kept onlookers in awe.
“I think it was great, it was good dancing and it showed you a bit about the Chinese culture, it was fantastic,” Mr. Elkadi said.
Ms. Helou recapped, “I think it was awesome, breathtaking, I really liked the dancing, the colours were magnificent. Lovely, loved it.”
Mr. Elkadi said he bought tickets as “a surprise for Zena” who responded appropriately.
“I’ve heard so much about it. All my friends from work, they’ve told me a lot about it. I thought I might give it a shot. It was awesome … definitely they should come and see it for themselves”
“Yes it is a must see,” her companion said.
‘I feel real fulfillment’
Maggie Guo works for an international airline and is proud to be Chinese, she clicked into the rhythm.
“Shen Yun is really different … I love it, it has a lot of culture about the show. I love to learn Chinese culture, my original culture,” she said. “It is a great show. I would like to get more friends to come with me to the show.
“Absolutely loved the music, I loved the melody, I loved the orchestra. I feel real fulfillment about the show. I’ll tell everyone to come if they want to learn the culture.”
‘Very disciplined’ artists
Mimi Kluger, is a semi-retired professional ballroom dancer; learned ballet in the past and also plays piano.
“I was very impressed with the whole show, I found it very colourful … the whole thing was just beautifully done, very professional. It was overall a beautiful performance.”
As a former dancer, she lauded the Shen Yun performers as “very disciplined.”
‘I was excited to be here’
Sister Kathleen Murphy came away “inspired.”
“I’m very interested in other cultures,” she said. “I saw the video at a tourist site and thought I would love to see it.”
Sister Kathleen said she was very interested in the implications in relation to religion and stories that depicted ancient Chinese legends and the modern-day occurrences in China.
“The young people who are seeking freedom and liberty,” she said. “I think that is what moved me the most.”
“I was excited to be here.”
Reporting by NTD Television and Raiatea Tahana-Reese.
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 perform in Melbourne, Australia from April 11 to April 15.
For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.