The dissident Wei Jingsheng saw at Kennedy Center on Jan. 29 a show that exposes the fundamental weakness of the Chinese regime. Shen Yun, in reviving China's divinely [...]
“I thought it was wonderful,” Mrs. Kay Wakatake said. “It was very magical.”
Sharon Fountain: "The costuming was beautiful; it was fluid. It gave them the freedom of motion that they needed. I was just very impressed. It was gorgeous.”
Scott Flipse: “It’s important not only to preserve Chinese culture but to show what present-day China is like, particularly the persecution of the Falun Gong.”
Ms. Kolev observed that a lot of work was put into the costumes, including “a lot of bead work,” which she appreciated.
Robert Alario was very impressed with Shen Yun’s depiction of traditional Chinese culture, saying its story-based dance was a very accessible way to express the depth and [...]
Mr. Charles Tolleson was delighted by how Shen Yun’s stories reflected profound themes such as good versus evil, divine retribution, and personal redemption.
Mr. Leonard Pederson noted the athletic ability of the male dancers in particular. “The women are graceful and the men are so strong, especially in all kinds of their dance."
Shen Yun brought the traditions of an ancient civilization to life in dance and music at the Kennedy Center Thursday night Jan. 31.
Connie Sparrow, a real estate agent, and her friend Pat, who does ballet, ballroom, and jazz dancing—“not for living, but for love”—were enthralled by Shen Yun.
Ms. Byank, a speech language pathologist, could especially relate to strong expression where no words are spoken during the Shen Yun performance.
Ms. Diana Coho said she thought Shen Yun was “beautiful, absolutely stunning.”
A leading aerospace company CEO applauded Shen Yun's blend of modern technology with ancient Chinese culture.
“I recommend that he [President Barack Obama] should come—him and the first lady, the family, the whole entourage,” Mr. Gomez said about Shen Yun.
For Mr. Wright said the lyrics spoke to a universal shared human experience about suffering, the divine, and heaven.
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Mr. Liossis also enjoyed the solo vocalists. "It was very nice. I understood the lyrics on the screen, they were very touching," he said.
For David Slocum, one of the founding members of the CNY Ballet Company, Shen Yun was an entirely new experience.
Shen Yun Performing Arts graced the stage at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater on May 12, delighting the audience with a revival of the oldest culture in the world.
“It lifts my spirit,” Carol Smith said. “I'm absolutely changed by the music.”
“I think it's wonderful just how 'classic' it is,” said Dr. Scharoun of Shen Yun. “I'm really starting to understand a lot of the history of China through the dance.”
Shen Yun Performing Arts presented a revival of the 5,000-year-old Chinese culture at the The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater Sunday night.
Ms. Catherine Koch said the singing was “powerful” and said she hadn't heard the style used by Chinese singers before. “That was really awesome,” she said. “I loved it.”
Mrs. Gao deeply appreciated many aspects of the performance. She said "The orchestra was great! The dancing was excellent. The singing was also awesome."
“I loved the dancing. I love the colors,” Dr. Authur Ostrowski said of the May 12 performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company at the Cadillac Palace Theater.
Dr. Robert Gasior was impressed by the opening number, Descending to the World, and said, "It was superb, I thought everything—was quite excellent."