Mr. Eugene Piskounov is the CEO and GM of NTV America, a Russian media company. He attended the opening performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts at Lincoln Center in New York city on Thursday, June 23.
Mr. Piskounov is a fan of Chinese culture, and found the performance great. He especially liked the powerful drumming piece, Drummers of the Tang Court. In this dance, the performers play the roles of Tang military drummers, who passed commands among troops, as well as rallied them to battle.
“I like the technology and backdrop that uses special effects, said Mr. Piskounov, speaking of Shen Yun’s trademark animated backdrop, which is notable for creating the appearance of performers stepping off the stage directly into the background.
“I’ve never seen something like this. Its very culturally Chinese.”
He went on to elaborate on his appreciation for the Chinese culture.
“The Chinese 5,000 year history is very rich, they have a lot of traditions, which they are continuing,” said Mr. Piskounov. “The dancing is very choreographically balanced.”
“I’m enjoying the show a lot,” said Mr. Piskounov’s guest, dress designer Olga Meshcheryakova, also from New York. She was struck by the dance piece Plum Blossom, which transmits the spirit of this flower, which in traditional Chinese culture is seen as displaying resilience amidst adversity, blooming even in snow. ”It was beautiful,” she enthused.“I really like the design of the outfits, the dresses, and the really bright colors. These things are unique to the Chinese people,” she said. Each of the more-than-thousand Shen Yun costumes is intricately hand-made, with new costumes being developed every season.
When asked if she would recommend the show to others, she replied, “Of course!”
Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater in New York City, June 23-26. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
Reporting by Andrea Hayley and Mark Jackson.