Russian Dancer: ‘Such choreography is really great, unbelievable’

April 15, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
Russian-born dancer Luzmila Ruban at Shen Yun
Russian-born dancer Ludmila Ruban and her husband attend Shen Yun Performing Arts in Melbourne's Regent Theatre. (The Epoch Times)

MELBOURNE, Australia—Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company drew a packed house to its last performance at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre on Sunday afternoon, April 15.

Amidst the crowded theatre was Russian-born dancer Ludmila Ruban from Tasmania who had never seen anything like it in the whole world, she said.

“Excellent show, unbelievable … it’s very great. We enjoyed [it],” she said.

Established in New York in 2006, Shen Yun has a mission to revive 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture, almost lost over six decades of communist rule, the company’s website says.

One of its many features includes hi-tech digital backdrop scenes that blend perfectly from scene to scene. The dancers are adorned with colourful handmade costumes, and the artists are synchronised perfectly with the Shen Yun Orchestra’s original composition played with traditional Chinese and classical Western instruments in perfect harmony. A trio of vocalists, two tenors and a soprano who sing in bel canto style, and a solo musician, complete the Shen Yun ensemble.

“I think really computer design and choreography, fantastic. Such choreography is really great, unbelievable,” Ms. Ruban said.

Ms. Ruban has danced classical dance in Russia and Australia.

She paid homage to the Shen Yun dancers portrayal of ancient China through classical Chinese and ethnic dance that has its own bearing, form and technique. Each theme carries a message delivered through stories adapted from beloved legends, ethnic and traditional tales, to modern-day China, such as “good will always prevail,” the website espouses.

“The female lotus dancers [Lotus Leaves]—incomparable, and the Silk sleeves as well [Sleeves of Silk]. The costumes are colourful and perfect … a really great idea about songs, about mind, about meaning of the life,” she said.

Ms. Ruban was accompanied by her husband who agreed “the background was spectacular.”

Tenor Hong Ming rounded out the evening with an encore, his voice reverberating around the packed theatre. The appreciative crowd reciprocated with long applause.

Reporting by April Tian 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 at the Canberra Theatre, April 17 and 18.

For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

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