ESCONDIDO, Calif.—“It was fantastic. It was a wonder,” said award-winning designer Caroline Loisos, of Shen Yun’s Jan. 31 show at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.
Shen Yun uses classical Chinese dance and music to illustrate and retell China’s 5,000 years of history
“Every piece that I saw became my new favorite,” she said with excitement.
Ms. Loisos is a residential building designer, and has won top awards at both the state and national level.
She said that Shen Yun gave her some ideas for her work. “That made a big impression on me during the performance—the sceneries in the background of the dancers. I thought they were exquisite.”
Each dance piece uses a digital backdrop to set the scene, be it a region of China, or a heavenly kingdom, incorporating animation to bring it all to life.
“I love the colors. I can see how the classical costumes were enhanced by the very bright colors. It was just remarkable,” said Ms. Loisos.
“I like the green colors, the pink colors, the blue, the dark blue, and the fairies. I can’t narrow it down to one. I loved all the costumes.”
Shen Yun’s website describes the care that goes into the costumes: “Shen Yun’s costume artists collect countless designs of traditional attire, ranging from those of emperors, ministers, and generals to the everyday clothing of the common people. They use bright colors to tailor and recreate hundreds of new pieces each season.”
“I loved the costumes and how they flowed. It was like they were flying in the air,” said Ms. Loisos. “The costumes brought another element to the dancers that I have never seen before.”
How the music and the dance was brought together gave her a new appreciation for Chinese culture.
“It was like art and movement all together with the music,” she said. “When you look at a painting, it’s static, but this was constantly in motion. The costumes had a lot to do with that.”
The high level of skill of the Shen Yun dancers also struck Ms. Loisos. “The male dancers, when they were flying in the air, doing their somersaults—they did that so gracefully; it’s remarkable how graceful that was. And with the women dancers, they were like they were gliding on ice.”
The spiritual aspect of Chinese culture portrayed in Shen Yun also pleasantly surprised her: “I wasn’t expecting that part of the show, and it did show me part of the Chinese culture that was very interesting and in-depth. I like that connection to the outer being.”
Ms. Loisos’ friends should also be hearing about it soon. She said she’d post on Facebook that it was an “unexpected, fantastic show.”
Reporting by Keith Yuan, NTD Television, and Ben Bendig.
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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