MELBOURNE, Australia—The Arts capital of Australia played host to Shen Yun Performing Arts on Tuesday, May 25, in the first of seven shows at the Arts Centre State Theatre.
Shen Yun, a New York-based company, tours the world with presentations of Chinese classical dance, vocalists and a live orchestral fusion of Western and Chinese instruments, providing a unique insight into traditional Chinese culture, with a thought provoking and moving production.
Emmy Award winning filmmaker and actor Tahir Cambis was in the audience to see Shen Yun's opening performance in Melbourne.
“I found it very moving in parts, and quite inspiring," Mr. Cambis said.
“What I was interested in … I was looking at it as a Westerner and thinking … what sort of information will this pass on to Western people. People who have most of their ideas of China pass through, say, mainland China, and so I was trying to see how the references to the Tang Dynasty and traditional culture would communicate themselves to Western audiences.”
According to its website, Shen Yun Performing Arts "is a nonprofit organization that is independent of China’s communist regime and which seeks to revive the true, five-millennia-old artistic tradition of China that thrived before decades of suppression by the Chinese communist party."
Mr. Cambis said: “In terms of giving Western people a chance to connect to something and say, ok I see there’s kind of a movement happening of both artistic, philosophical, as well as a spiritual one that has global implications, and that it’s operating outside of the mainstream Chinese government's ideas of what Chinese culture should be, which is good."
Mr. Cambis believed that "it’s healthy to have alternative and diverse ideas about spirituality and culture in any society.”
Mr. Cambis’ film, Exile in Sarajevo won an International Emmy Award, as well as Best Documentary at the Melbourne Film Festival. Mr. Cambis travelled to Sarajevo during the siege by Bosnian Serb forces in 1995, spending months in the war torn area and documenting the impact of the war on the citizens of Sarajevo, particularly the children.
With reporting by NTDTV.
Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform at Melbourne's Arts Centre State Theatre until May 30. For more information visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org