HOUSTON—Muralist Brenda Gilbert was moved by the artistry of Shen Yun Performing Arts’ evening show at the Jones Hall for Performing Arts on Dec. 29.
“It was beautiful, beautiful,” Ms. Gilbert said. “The costumes, the dance, it was just absolutely beautiful, really beautiful and very elegant.”
Ms. Gilbert said that while watching the performance, she felt transported. “[It was] very uplifting, beautiful, very elegant,” she said.
Shen Yun’s mission is to revive the 5,000 years of Chinese culture that can no longer be found under China’s current regime. Principles of benevolence and justice, wisdom and propriety, and respect for the heavens come to life in brilliant colors with Shen Yun’s elaborate costumes and digital backdrop.
“They were out of this world, the whole thing was just phenomenal,” Ms. Gilbert said of the costumes. “I loved the animation too, that was really great, it’s really beautiful.”
Scenery from the snow capped mountains of Tibet to the lush valleys of southern China are displayed on the animated projections accompanying the ethnic and folk dances which are part of the performance. Other stories are told through classical Chinese dance, and the animated backdrop combines scenes of heaven and earth.
“Their culture should be preserved,” Ms. Gilbert said. “It’s about love, and that’s really what it’s all about. We’re all the same, we’re all one. It’s just really neat to see other peoples’ culture and what they’re all about.”
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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