DALLAS—“Artistically, the integrity was beautiful,” Ms. Laurie Brown, an artist, said of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas on Jan. 2.
Established in 2006 with the mission of reviving traditional Chinese culture, New York-based Shen Yun presents this culture through “sophisticated dance techniques, an orchestra joining instruments East and West, beautiful costumes, and a stunning back drop,” as the website reads.
Ms. Brown, a jewelry and perfume maker, says she also majored in theater and has a sense for the stage.
“The composition of the stage was beautiful,” Ms. Brown said. “I thought the show was visually beautiful, I thought that the talent was there, the dancers were really good.”
Ms. Brown said she loved Shen Yun’s animated digital backdrop, which transports the audience to a magical world. It might show a celestial palace in one scene and a riverside in the next.
“The costumes were beautiful,” Ms. Brown said. The “star speckled” skirts of the female dancers in Phoenix Fairies caught her eye. “I love the way the color variegated on the clothes, where it was darker on the bottom and went lighter, lighter, lighter, and the combination of sparkles—the sparkles on the back with the straightness of the skirt. It was beautiful visually when they were moving. They really caught the light well.”
Shen Yun’s dances tell stories from the earliest dynasties to China today. In An Unexpected Encounter, tourists visiting China stumble upon the persecution of the spiritual faith Falun Dafa. The practice, like other things embedded with traditional Chinese values, is not permitted under China’s current regime.
“I almost cried, because it was very meaningful to me. It was very real,” Ms. Brown said. “I thought it told a very touching story of how the artists in [China] have to leave to express themselves.”
“It says to me that the Chinese people are not the Chinese government,” Ms. Brown said. “It’s time for the people who are correct-thinking, with balance, honesty, truthfulness, responsibility, kindness, empathy—all of those things that I believe in.”
Reporting by Sally Sun and Catherine Yang.
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 Dallas through Jan. 3. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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