ORLANDO, Fla.—Seven friends enjoyed a “girls’ night out” by taking in Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre on Jan. 16. “Everybody loved it. It was wonderful,” Gloria Nieves said.
Ms. Nieves said her granddaughter loves ballet. “She inspired me because she’s a beautiful ballerina, and we were very anxious to see this production tonight. It was wonderful!”
She singled out areas of the performance that she particularly enjoyed: “Of course, the costumes were lovely—and the way they performed the dances. They made those very difficult leaps and jumps look like they were very simple, but knowing a little about ballet, it was very, very difficult moves that they did. So I enjoyed that as well.”
“How beautiful the music was. The orchestra was phenomenal. It was just so lyrical and beautiful.”
The Shen Yun Orchestra harmoniously blends the disparate sounds of East and West, including the sounds of ancient Chinese instruments like the pipa, suona, and erhu. “A Western philharmonic orchestra plays the foundation, while traditional Chinese instruments lead the melodies,” the Shen Yun website states.
“The singing—oh my goodness. The opera singing was beautiful. The piano, the lady who played the piano, and both the opera singers were wonderful,” Ms. Nieves said.
Shen Yun’s vocal soloists sing Chinese lyrics in bel canto style. The English translation of the lyrics, original compositions with deep, universal meaning, is displayed on the backdrop.
“It was really a work of art, true work of art in dance, music, and just the whole thing, and it really brought China and the culture to life,” she said.
“It’s very, very sad because [to create] something so beautiful and not to be able to express it in your own country—but we are glad that they are bringing it out to everybody else. We really appreciate it, and I want to bring a lot more people next time.”
Shen Yun’s mission is to revive 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture, which the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has targeted in an effort to supplant the traditional culture with communist culture. The Cultural Revolution is the most prominent example of the CCP’s campaign.
“I look forward to seeing it again and hopefully [Shen Yun will] come back again next year,” Ms. Nieves said. “I’m going to bring a lot more people next time—definitely, definitely. We look forward to it.”
Shen Yun Performing Arts made its debut performance in Orlando in 2010. The last of this year’s three performances will take place Jan. 17 at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre. The next Florida venue for Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company will be Jacksonville’s Times Union Center for the Performing Arts, Jan. 29 and 30.
Reporting by NTD Television and Louise Rothman.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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