Australian Member of Parliament Tony Zappia watched Shen Yun Performing Arts in Adelaide on April 28 for the second time and, like the last time, was impressed by the classical Chinese dance and music company.
“I came many years ago to watch a previous show of Shen Yun here in Adelaide, and I was very impressed at that time. Can I say, I was equally impressed with the performance I saw tonight,” he said.
Mr. Zappia, who had sent a congratulatory message to Shen Yun before the performance, said he was impressed by the presentation of Chinese culture in Shen Yun.
“There was not only a terrific amount of vibrancy amongst all of the performers there tonight, but there was a wonderful insight into the diversity of Chinese culture, and so we got a glimpse of the diversity across the nation of China in terms of the culture and it is something that is incredibly fascinating,” he said.
Mr. Zappia was full of praise for the techniques that Shen Yun performers showcased on the stage.
“The dance techniques I have to say were absolutely professional, and the performers, you couldn’t fault them, both in terms of the way they perform, the colorful costumes they wore, and even the music, it all went and blended together so beautifully.”
He added, “There is a lot of strength involved in what they do, and I have no doubt about that at all. But again, it’s all so incredibly graceful, and to combine grace and strength together, is I think one of the Chinese cultural traits that I see in much of what I see and understand about China, but again, seeing it on stage tonight, was something that most impressed me.”
Pointing to the erhu, a two-stringed Chinese instrument, Mr. Zappia marvelled at the deep soothing sounds that this ancient instrument can create.
“The lady that went and played the two-stringed instrument [erhu], I thought that was absolutely beautiful. It reminded me a lot of a violin, but it was a very sweet, soothing sound.”
He added, “There’s only two strings on that instrument, which I believe would make it even harder to bring out the sounds that we heard tonight, but again, in terms of the sound itself, it’s one of those instruments that is very soothing and I recall even in the production tonight, they talked about how music can be a form of healing, and I have to say I agree with that. So, very good.”
Mr. Zappia also touched on Shen Yun’s portrayal of the essence of traditional Chinese culture. Based in New York, Shen Yun prides itself on reviving China’s divinely-inspired culture.
“It’s a terrific way of watching great performance but also in your own way, absorbing what life is all about, what’s important in life, and trying to understand how other people see life as well.”
He recommended that all people should come to watch Shen Yun.
“By all means come along and see Shen Yun because it is a very brilliant and spectacular performance.”
NTD News, Adelaide, Australia