INDIANAPOLIS—“The dance was wonderful,” said banker Alexander Adams of Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company. Mr. Adams had just seen the Feb. 6 performance of traditional Chinese music and dance at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University.
New York-based Shen Yun aims to restore 5,000 years of divinely inspired civilization, and its most celebrated means is classical Chinese dance.
“Classical Chinese dance has a long history of thousands of years, passed down continuously within the imperial palace and ancient Chinese theater and opera. Soaking up profound wisdom from every era and dynasty, it has become a complete system of dance embodying traditional aesthetic principles with its unique dance movements, rhythms, and inner meaning,” according to the company’s website.
“Everything was good,” said Mr. Adams. “We’ve been to China three times, and we like the culture,” he explained.
When speaking of the dance, he mentioned appreciating the technical part which including difficult aerial flips, tumbling, spins and leaps. These are just one aspect of the complex and comprehensive dance system.
“It was here last year and missed it, and thought we would take the opportunity to come and see it this time,” he said.
Through dance, Shen Yun depicts “heavenly realms, ancient legends and heroic modern-day epics” and “presents themes of compassion and courage with stunning beauty and tremendous energy,” the website states.
The company also features a unique orchestra blending the sounds of both East and West, high-tech digital backdrops, handmade costumes, and classically trained singers.
Reporting by Valerie Avore and Sharon Kilarski.
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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