COLUMBUS—The depiction and presentation of China’s lost culture touched Bill and Sarah Creedon, as they watched Shen Yun Performing Arts, Feb. 9.
The couple, both attorneys, attended Saturday evening’s performance at the Ohio Theatre and called the experience of seeing the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company breathtaking.
Mrs. Creedon said, “Oh my goodness, it was absolutely beautiful! The costumes were exquisite, the color so dynamic and powerful, and the music was just so complementary of what was on stage. It was just breathtaking.”
Mrs. Creedon is the assistant director for the Ohio Liquor Control Commission, while Mr. Creedon is an Associate Attorney in the law firm of Scott, Scrivin and Wahoff.
“Classical Chinese dance has a long history of thousands of years, passed down continuously within the imperial palace and ancient Chinese theater and opera,” states the Shen Yun website. With each era and dynasty along with its traditional aesthetic principles come alive with Shen Yun.
Mrs. Creedon said, “It was absolutely beautiful! It was just breathtaking. Absolutely!”
Her husband agreed, and said, “I really liked the contrast between the male dancers and the female dancers. The female dancer was always very fluid and gentle, and the male dancers were much more masculine, with sharp moves and poses. I really liked the expressive nature of the dance, it could really tell a story with their movements.”
He explains, “You could see the fight scenes and you could hear them having a conversation through their movements. It was very, very entertaining.”
Shen Yun’s collection of story-based dance dramas, told through classical Chinese dance presents ancient myths and legends, as well as stories from present-day China.
In the performance, An Unexpected Encounter, while a father and daughter tour China, they are attacked and imprisoned due to a misunderstanding
Mr. Creedon said, “It was very interesting with the part about the tourist and how they got kind of caught up in all of it. They were having fun and taking pictures. I thought it was interesting how they kind of sought refuge in their religion and they were saved by it in the end.”
The story touched Mrs. Creedon on a personal level. “I thought too, the relationship between the father and his daughter and how light and innocent it was when they were taking the pictures and then how it just quickly turns. And having a husband and also having a daughter and thinking about that relationship and watching the daughter’s reaction to her father. So, I just thought that on a personal level that was something that was universal, people could relate to that.”
Mr. Creedon was also moved by the compassion he saw in the performance, Sand Monk is Blessed. As the village mourns the loss of a little girl to a shape shifting ogre, a monk and his disciples arrive.
He said, “I thought it was very interesting, I thought the saving of the monk, sort of the forgiveness aspect of that. Where you would think that because he took the girl that there would be some sort of penalty, but yet they saved him and he became part of the crew that was on their journey.”
Mr. Creedon enjoyed seeing China’s vast diversity of ethnic cultures represented through Shen Yun, and said, “China is a huge, huge country with many many people, so it’s very diverse with lots of cultures and ethnicities and histories.”
Mrs. Creedon was impressed by Shen Yun’s digitally animated backdrops which allow figures onscreen to seemingly come to life. “The use of the screen and intertwining it with what was going on the stage. I just thought that really cool.”
With reporting by Charlie Lu and Jeanmarie Lunsford.
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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