SYDNEY—The Oceania leg of Shen Yun Performing Arts’ 2012 World Tour had its final curtain call at the Capitol Theatre on Sunday May 6.
New York-based Shen Yun captures the spirit of ancient China’s 5,000-year-old culture through classical Chinese dance and music, which moves quickly through regions, dynasties, and legends. Ethnic and folk dances fill the stage with color and energy, the Shen Yun website espouses. Tremendous athleticism, thunderous battle drums, and masterful vocalists are all set to animated backdrops that transport you to another world, it says.
Amidst the delighted matinee audience was Real Estate Agent and Business Broker, Jerry Lawton.
“It was nice, it was beautiful, really, really beautiful … the music, the scenery, the costumes, the dancing. All of it beautiful, very spectacular. Colourful, bright, full of action,” he said.
Classical Chinese dance has a long history of thousands of years and has three main components—bearing, form and technical skill.
“It’s beautiful to watch, very elegant, exhilarating. It’s a lovely show to watch,” Mr. Lewton said of the entire performance.
“I think the costumes were beautiful, the lighting’s beautiful. The backdrops, there’s so much action and so much colour. The whole lot combined, it’s just beautiful.”
For thousands of years, Chinese artists cultivated virtue, believing that to create true art worthy of the heavens, there must first be inner purity, says the company website. Today, Shen Yun’s artists follow this noble tradition. The result is a performance of consummate beauty, purity, and goodness. It is a show that nourishes the soul.
Mr. Lewton was impressed with the performance, saying, “It’s been a really beautiful experience.”
Reporting by Janita and Raiatea Tahana-Reese.
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 next perform in Honolulu, Hawaii, on May 8-9.
For more information visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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