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Federal MP: Shen Yun ‘A Celebration of Chinese Culture’

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Craig Kelly took his daughter to see the matinee session of Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company at the Capitol Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 19. (Shar Adams/The Epoch Times)

Craig Kelly took his daughter to see the matinee session of Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company at the Capitol Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 19. (Shar Adams/The Epoch Times)

SYDNEY—Craig Kelly, the Federal Member for Hughes in Sydney’s south, took his daughter to see the matinee session of Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company at the Capitol Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 19.

 

Mr. Kelly and his daughter had “a wonderful time,” he said.

“I thought all the pieces were really good. I particularly liked the Plum Blossoms piece; I thought that was excellent. The costumes throughout were stunning. The movement, the dance was stunning. There was a mixture of humour [and] serious issues. It was a very enjoyable experience.”

He particularly liked the insight Shen Yun gives into Chinese history and China’s traditional culture, saying, “It''s really a celebration of Chinese culture and a reminder of how long Chinese history goes back."

Mr. Kelly is a local business owner in the manufacturing and trade area and has two teenage children.

His daughter Tara, a year 12 student, accompanied him.

Shen Yun was particularly pertinent to Tara as she is studying textiles which, in Year 12 requires a major work on the topic.

“I really liked the costumes, I liked the combination of colours,” she said, noting the flexibility that the costumes allowed the Shen Yun dancers.

“A costume needs to have the element of movement in it,” she said with authority. “Some of the female ones [in Shen Yun] really have heaps of movement in them, so it seems like they are floating away.”

Tara said she was enjoying the different stories presented in Shen Yun and “how it all comes together, and the interpretation through the dance of everything that is happening.”

“I don’t know much about the history of China but I am getting some of it from this,” she said.

Mr. Kelly said he was enjoying the scenery and digital special effects.

“I thought that was a very unique, and very interesting to see,” he said.

Commenting on reports that the Chinese consulate had been sending letters to various dignitaries and organisations that had been invited to attend Shen Yun he said, “I have heard that. I am surprised. I think it is a very light show that people can enjoy without any overt political message.”

Shen Yun he said was a good show for Australian audiences to see, adding that it was “very enjoyable for a wide range of ages” and “a very worthwhile and … rewarding experience.”

“I’ll be telling my friends the wonderful time I had, and I’d be recommending many of my friends to come and visit,” he said.

“I’d describe it as something they should see, very worthwhile, and a very rewarding experience,” Mr. Kelly said.

Reporting by Jennifer Zeng and Shar Adams.

 

Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company will perform at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre through to Feb. 23. Next stop on the tour is Melbourne, March 1-6. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

 

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