Australian City Mayor Says Shen Yun ‘Speaks to My Heart’

April 15, 2023

Shen Yun Performing Arts kicked off its Australia Tour in Adelaide, performing at the Adelaide Festival Centre from April 6 to 9.

Theatergoers said they were delighted by the music, message, and culture presented by Shen Yun.

“It’s wonderful, it’s very exciting, very colorful. The costumes are beautiful, the performers are very skilled in their dancing and their routines, and it’s a message of freedom. It’s lovely,” said Irene Pnermatikos, who is a Member of Legislative Council from the South Australian Labor Party.

Michael Coxon, the mayor of the City of Torrens in Adelaide, said Shen Yun sends a powerful message to the world.

“It’s a very heartfelt message because we’re trying to increase democracy all around the world, and this goes a long way,” Mr. Coxon said after watching the performance on April 8.

“I think these messages are so important because they raise awareness in the West of the important things that all people should be entitled to, and that is democracy and freedom, and that’s a very powerful message.”

Based in New York, Shen Yun showcases China’s 5,000 year old culture—a culture that was once believed to be “divinely inspired.”

Rick Buick, owner of building company Modern Day Concepts, said he resonated with the theme of traditional values shown throughout Shen Yun.

“I do agree with the message of trying to stick to the more traditional values,” Mr. Buick said after watching Shen Yun on April 6.

“I think modern values of what’s going on around the world today is a bit of a mess. So I think that’s probably a positive message I would say. I think maybe we could pay attention to that a little more.”

Tabatha Ramsay, executive vice president commercial for Centara Hotels & Resorts, said she enjoyed watching the performance.

“It’s the whole experience of taking a cultural journey of different areas of China; different aspects, whether it’s religious or political. It’s been extremely interesting to see it portrayed in dance and music,” Mrs. Ramsay said.

Mr. Coxon added: “I must commend the production of Shen Yun because this evening, to get a glimpse of [what] life was like before communism in China … we’ve been taken on this miraculous journey from the heavens over the last 5,000 years. And to see that artistic culture has been so impressive and such a stirring journey for me personally.”

Shen Yun continues its Australia and New Zealand tour in Wellington, Auckland, Sydney, and Canberra this month.

NTD News, Adelaide, Australia