Every year, the New York based Shen Yun Performing Arts unveils an entirely new lineup of dances, songs, and musical scores with the emphasis on classical Chinese dance and China’s numerous ethnic and folk dance styles rounding out the evening. Yet every year the audience reaction is the same—accolades, exclamations and good vibes all around.
Retired company director Alan Paterson attended the second show at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre had a few things to say: “I thought it was a great insight to the Chinese culture, which I didn’t know a lot about, which I do now. I thought the actors were great, you know, you couldn’t fault it. It was enlightening, they were precise, they did everything perfectly. It was just a top performance.”
Mr. Paterson who has travelled extensively was amazed at the diverse ethnicities portrayed in the folk dances particularly: “They were a sight because although we travelled that part of the world, some of them were completely different. You know the sleeves and the hats which aren’t part of everyday life which you just don’t see to and about. So, you know, an overall, sort of enlightenment on the history of China which we never knew about,” he said.
Reporting by Michael Anderson [SOH radio network] and Kati Turcu.
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.