Shen Yun ‘A great experience’

May 1, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
Alan Lawrenson talks about his Shen Yun Performing Arts experience
Alan Lawrenson talks about his Shen Yun Performing Arts experience at Sydney's Capitol Theatre on Tuesday evening. (Courtesy of NTD Television)

SYDNEY—Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company continues to enchant audiences during its 11-show run at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre.

At the performance on Tuesday May 1 was Alan Lawrenson, a retired scientist. It was the first time Mr. Lawrenson had seen classical Chinese dance. “I’m extremely impressed. I find that a great experience,” he said.

Mr. Lawrenson spent 46 years as a scientist in the mining industry as well as serving as Executive Director of Science Industry Australia Inc (SIA), the peak Industry Association for the Science Industry.

“I think the production is very colourful, very artistic, very athletic, and I think it has also a spiritual element. Very, very impressed,” he said.

Mr. Lawrenson also commented by the dazzling costumes.

“I think the colour of the costumes just make it very impressive,” he said.

According to the Shen Yun website, the costumes are hand-sewn, incorporating vivid colors and elegant details, and are inspired by five millennia of traditional Chinese culture, and span China’s dynasties, regions, and ethnic groups.

China’s true authentic 5,000-year-old culture is believed to be divinely inspired, and its principles, such as benevolence, justice, and wisdom, originate from Daoist, Buddhist, and Confucian faiths, says the company.

Mr. Lawrenson felt that the spiritual essence of the traditional Chinese culture would be good for more non-Chinese Australians to see.

“I’m overwhelmed with the quality and the message that it sends,” he said.

“It’s certainly enlightening to see the history, 5,000 years history of China, in classical dance … Excellent.”

Reporting by NTD Television and Anna Stute.

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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