Steven Heathcote, a former dancer, a principal artist and ballet master with the Australian ballet, came to see the performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts on March 24 in Melbourne, Australis, and had high praise for the classical Chinese dance presented by Shen Yun performers.
“It’s spectacular. The detail and the costuming, the choreography, the technology that’s used in the performances, it’s really quite breathtaking.”
Mr. Heathcote was also impressed by Shen Yun’s orchestra which integrates traditional Chinese instruments in a classical Western orchestra.
“Fantastic combination of Western and Chinese traditional music…with a really interesting combination of instruments.”
Based in New York, Shen Yun aims to revive China’s millennia-old culture with exhilarating classical Chinese dance and music performances. Classical Chinese dance is an ancient art form that involves many challenging movements that also bear deep inner meanings.
“It’s very evident that the dancers of the Shen Yun Company have a classical base to the way that they move,” he said.
“The synchronicity seems to be a big element of this, and when you get that sort of mass movement of dancers moving with that synchronization, it’s a very beautiful effect. It’s quite calming actually to the eye when you see that sort of oneness between the dancers.”
Mr. Heathcote also touched on the differences he saw in classical Chinese dance and ballet.
“It’s really interesting to see the combination of tumbling acrobatics, martial arts type of movements incorporated into the choreographies. It’s very different from what we do in Australian ballet, but it’s very entertaining.”
Shen Yun is an experience that should not be missed.
“I would recommend anyone to come and enjoy this performance of Shen Yun. I think this production has a lot to offer to the Australian audiences.”
Leigh Smith and Yucheng Wang, NTD News, in Melbourne, Australia contributed to this report.