(Minghui.org) The five touring companies of Shen Yun Performing Arts have been performing on a tight schedule since the beginning of the season. Many times they have been scheduled to perform two shows a day for consecutive days, referred to as a “double-double,” as Shen Yun's principal dancer Betty Wang described in her blog.
After performing in Denver, Colorado, the Shen Yun New York Company left for the United Kingdom to perform 14 shows in London. On the other side of the world, the Shen Yun International Company finished performing in Australia and headed for Auckland, New Zealand.
Shen Yun performed two sold-out shows at the Adelaide Festival Centre in Adelaide, Australia, on February 13, 2018. Prior to the performances, the local presenter received welcome letters from: (top row, left to right) Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training and Liberal Party Senator for South Australia; Steve Georganas, member of the Australian Parliament for Hindmarsh; Tammy Franks, member of the South Australian Legislative Council; Nat Cook, member of the South Australian Parliament for Fisher; (bottom row) Kelly Vincent, member of the South Australian Legislative Council; Angela Evans, Mayor of the City of Charles Sturt; Richard Sage, Mayor of the District Council of Grant; and Tim Whetstone, member of the South Australian Parliament for Chaffey.
“This is an energetic and passionate representation of the life of people in the past,” said Angela Evans, the mayor of the City of Charles Sturt in South Australia.
“Each of those stories have a really strong message that even though it’s not spoken in words, it’s communicated really well through dance and movement,” Ms. Evans said.
“Dances like that transcend words. It transcends the cultural barriers that we often have between us and it’s a very relatable form of telling a story,” she said.
“It is such, such a world class performance, and it is such a privilege to be able to see the different culture,” said Oanh Nguyen, councillor of the City of Charles Sturt.
“It’s been fantastic... such a thing should be treasured.”
“It is very enlightening... The performance is such precision—just wonderful. So very impressed,” said Kathy Turley, councilor of the City of Centennial in Colorado.
“The orchestra was wonderful, absolutely wonderful complement to the dance,” she said.
“With the orchestra, and the [digital] backdrop, and the costumes, and the storytelling, it was a complete, comprehensive picture of China,” Ms. Turley said.
“Very moving... I was crying through most of it. It was so beautiful,” said Suzanne Lockwood, a singer and master of ceremonies.
“I love the fact that it was really about the universe and love, and the power of love,” she said.
“The message to me: We live in a tiny world, really. It seems like we live in a huge world, but really, we are all together as human beings. We have to take care of each other,” Ms. Lockwood said.
“It was stunning—every moment, every picture... The joy and love,” said Jodi Palmieri, the artistic director and owner of the Jodi Palmieri Dance Company.
“Every single [dancer] smiled and was engaged, and you felt like you were transformed. You were taken away. You were on a journey with them. It was fantastically staged,” she said.
“I loved every moment of it,” said Paul Heinrich, a dramatist and drama teacher.
“It was a wonderful show and the skill level is just phenomenal—just really phenomenal,” he said.
“When they were doing those incredible flips, you couldn’t hear them land on the stage. When they landed, their feet were just so like feathers. It was beautiful work,” Mr. Heinrich said.
Shen Yun will continue its tour with upcoming performances in Phoenix, Arizona on February 20–25; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 23–March 11; Midland, Texas on February 28; and Auckland, New Zealand on February 17–18. For more information on tickets and dates, please visit http://shenyun.com.