Shen Yun ‘Visually Spectacular’ Says Designer

March 29, 2014 Updated: March 29, 2014

MELBOURNE, AustraliaShen Yun’s Australia tour began in Melbourne this week and the Saturday evening performance was well attended at the Arts Centre’s State Theatre.

During intermission, Mr G. Wiggins shared his impressions of the performance describing it as “spectacular”.

“Everything works really well together, the music, the backdrop, the lighting,” he said. “It’s a very good relationship between the animated backdrops and the performances. It’s something that I haven’t seen before and it’s quite effective.”

Shen Yun’s state-of-the-art digital backdrops are a key feature of the show. According to Shen Yun’s website: “These digital backdrop designs complement and synchronize all aspects of the performance: the characters, color of the costumes, specific dance movements, props, lighting, the story being told, particular notes played by the orchestra, and special audio effects.”

Mr. Wiggins is a furniture designer and commented on the show from a design perspective: “It’s very cohesive. It’s very nicely put together and visually spectacular and it’s really lovely to watch. There’s clearly a lot of work gone into the performances.”

Shen Yun’s dance performances include stories from China’s ancient history and mythology—the company’s mission is to restore this ancient Chinese culture and civilisation.

Mr Wiggins said he’d visited China but some of what he’d seen in the performance was new for him.

“I’ve spent six months in China and I didn’t really encounter many of the mythologies … but it seems that a lot of history is missing, so it’s good that what you do here is to try to revive that,” he said.

With reporting by Ruby Zhang

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit Shen Yun Performing Arts.

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