ATLANTA—Radhika Dharanipalan, an architect who works as a campus planner at Kennesaw State University, attended Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Jan. 6th.
Mrs. Dharanipalan appreciated the classical Chinese dance and music. “I think it’s very pleasing,” she said.
Based in New York, Shen Yun presents colorful and exhilarating performances of classical Chinese dance and music, according to its website. “A performance by Shen Yun is a presentation of traditional Chinese culture as it once was: a study in grace, wisdom, and the virtues distilled from the five millennia of Chinese civilization,” Shen Yun’s website states.
“The visual aspects to it are also very pleasing and I like it,” Mrs. Dharanipalan said. She thought the performance would appeal to everyone, bridging the gap for those who enjoy fast-paced entertainment and those who prefer a slower pace.
Mrs. Dharanipalan said that she would like to tell the dancers to keep up the good work and that they will continue to have the support of the audience wherever they travel.
Established in 2006 with the mission of reviving traditional Chinese culture, Shen Yun’s rapid growth has enabled it to reach all corners of the globe, according to its website.
Mrs. Dharanipalan is from India and said she felt a connection with the traditional Chinese culture in the performance. She also spent some time researching and reading about Shen Yun. “It was classical but there also seemed to be some elements that were kind of folk. That is something we have in India as well. We have a lot of classical styles of dance, but we also have more tribal and folk style dances and some other areas,” she said.
Mrs. Dharanipalan said she found the Shen Yun Orchestra very pleasant. Time seemed to fly by; she said she couldn’t believe that the performance had already reached intermission.
In a bit of affinity, Mrs. Dharanipalan felt associated with Shen Yun and the theater where she watched the performance. “I worked for this firm that designed this (the theater),” she said. “I was not on this project but it was going on at the time when I used to work for them.”
Reporting by Mary Silver and Kelly Ni.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s International Company will be performing at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre from Jan. 8-9. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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