Shen Yun ‘A celebration of the human spirit’

April 28, 2012 Updated: August 14, 2015

SYDNEY—Former politician Bob Vinnicombe, who now campaigns for freedom in China, saw Shen Yun Performing Arts for the fifth time this year and said it gets better every year.

Speaking after a performance on Saturday afternoon, April 28, at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre by the Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company, Mr. Vinnicombe gave tribute to the dedication and talent of the performers.

“I’ve seen the show I think five times now,” Mr. Vinnicombe said. “Every year it’s been different, every year it’s been good.”

“There are so many highlights. I like the colour, I like the coordination, I like the imagination, I like the costumes, and I like the great exhibition of the dedication and the talent of all the dancers and all the performers.”

Mr. Vinnicombe is a former candidate for the One Nation Party and now runs websites raising human rights issues in China. He said the show demonstrated the beauty of traditional Chinese culture, which had been all but destroyed by more than 60 years of communist rule in China.

“It’s a celebration of the human spirit,” Mr. Vinnicombe said about Shen Yun. “It shows how the human spirit cannot be crushed by a totalitarian regime. It shows how we must keep all our heritage and all our traditions, no matter what culture we come from. Keeping our heritage and our culture and traditions ensures we can live under freedom.”

New York-based Shen Yun aims to revive 5,000 years of Chinese culture through dance and music. The show brings to life Chinese myths and legends from the various Chinese dynasties, and the culture of numerous ethnic groups living in China. It also raises contemporary human rights issues such as the Chinese regime’s persecution against the Falun Dafa spiritual discipline since 1999.

Mr. Vinnicombe said the Shen Yun dancers were showing the “real China” to the world.

“I would like everyone in Australia to see this show so they can see the real China. The real China is 5,000 years of history, 5,000 years of culture, 5,000 years of humanity, of truthful living and of compassion, which is what the Falun Gong movement is all about.

“This is the real China you see when you come and see the Shen Yun show. It’s not the fake China which is promoted by the Chinese Communist Party, which is just a culture of money and greed and exploitation,” Mr. Vinnicombe said.

Reporting by NTD Television and Ethan Yang.

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world, with a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre through May 6.

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