ATLANTA—Shen Yun Performing Arts put on a wonderful show, according to a retired federal compliance officer attending the debut presentation at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Jan. 15.
Mr. Batts, who had traveled widely throughout China and Hong Kong and had seen many shows, was pleasantly surprised by what he saw in Atlanta.
"It is wonderful and I think the show is very good," he said. "They have integrated the background with the show, the costumes—it is wonderful, very smooth. You can see that the dancers are very talented and work very hard. It is most enjoyable."
At intermission, Mr. Batts said he could hardly wait to see the second half, a portrayal of China's ancient heritage depicted in classical Chinese dance, music and song.
"It shows the culture, it shows the training in the culture that I think is unique."
New York-based Shen Yun's mission is to reawaken China's divinely-inspired history, eroded under communism, in story-based dance, song and music taken from ancient legend, modern stories and folkloric traditions.
Mr. Batts said he liked the messages imbedded in the show that conveyed divine and contemporary elements.
"Oh yes, very much so. I'm just so sorry I haven't seen it here before. I enjoyed this very much."
He was impressed by 3-D backdrop scenes that framed each performance and matched perfectly the groundbreaking music—a blending of classical Western and traditional Chinese instruments.
"Oh, gosh yes! Very much so. Oh, I love the music, very much so … this is a traveling show, and that's hard to do," he said. "You don't have all of the same facilities that you have at home. You have to pick up and pack up everything and go. I think that they did an excellent job."
With reporting by Sally Sun.
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