HOUSTON—Architect Kamran Mouzoon attended Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company performance with family, on Dec. 30 at the Houston Jones Hall for the Performing Arts. Mr. Mouzoon thought that the subject in the performance was “very human.”
“It looked like a fight between forces of good and evil,” he said.
Mr. Mouzoon was particularly moved in learning about the “lack of freedom of expression in China.” One of the dances, An Unexpected Encounter, describes repression in contemporary China.
‘It needs to be said. I think it’s a lot better than not saying anything about it,” said Mr. Mouzoon.
He would wish for Chinese people in the mainland to see it. “I hope that this show could be played in China to the public. I don’t know how easy that is,” he said. Shen Yun has not yet performed in China.
Bahji Mouzoon, a college student studying communications and international studies, said that Shen Yun was fabulous and very good. “I liked all the outfits—very beautifully done,” she said.
“I think it’s very interesting with China—since it’s such a controlled press and everything—you don’t get a lot of chance to see the people and you don’t get the raw emotions of the people living in the country because they’re so suppressed and don’t get free speech,” Miss Mouzoon said.
“So, I thought it was interesting coming from the aspect of the people speaking when you usually only hear the government,” she said.
She felt pleased to see the feelings and heritage of the Chinese people portrayed. “I thought it was very good. I thought it was very nice. I liked how they kept the traditional aspect because Chinese culture is very traditional. They definitely tied that in there,” she said.
As an architect, one of Mr. Mouzoon projects included a mechanical building for Project Freedom—two airplanes were renovated into a residential home. He liked the innovative stagecraft of Shen Yun.
“The scenery was very impressive; the backdrop and the computer animation where the figures come down and appear on the stage—that was very, very interesting. I think that was very good,” Mr. Mouzoon said.
I hope that this show could be played in China to the public.
Mr. Mouzoon especially liked the color and costume designs. “The costumes I thought they were very interesting because the colors looked like they were derivative of the scenery.”
“The colors were taken from the scenery. Like the Himalayas, they were white blue and brown—brown would be for stone, and the blue and white were the sky. So, the costumes were interesting—very, very interesting,” Mr. Mouzoon said.
The Shen Yun Orchestra, which combines Eastern and Western instruments, really struck Mr. Mouzoon. “You know—it was a combination of the Western and Chinese. It was mixed. I think it was pleasant,” he said.
Based in New York, Shen Yun Performing Arts was established in 2006 with the mission of reviving 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture.
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 in Houston through January 1. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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