KANSAS CITY, Mo.—“Great” was how business executive William Bradely described the performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the show’s intermission. Mr. Bradely was among those in the packed Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center Performing Arts, in downtown Kansas City on Jan. 23.
In from Chicago Mr. Bradely attended the New York-based company’s performance with Robbie Harding, a retired accountant. Neither of them were familiar with Chinese culture before attending the show.
Shen Yun presents traditional Chinese culture through classical Chinese dance and music. The company was formed in 2006 by a group of classical Chinese artists with the mission of reviving the almost lost 5,000 years of true Chinese culture.
Ms. Harding came away with a better understanding of just how long Chinese civilization goes back.
“Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends and heroic modern-day epics. Shen Yun presents themes of compassion and courage with stunning beauty and tremendous energy, leaving audiences uplifted and inspired,” according to the company’s website.
“Amazing, colorful” were the words she chose to describe her experience to those who haven’t seen it.
“It’s really entertaining and beautiful,” Mr. Bradely said.
The beauty of the performance are what most audience members mention, especially the costumes. Ms. Harding commented on the colorful costumes as well.
The handmade costumes help transport the audiences to those heavenly realms and ancient legends.
What Mr. Bradely took away from his evening is the great discipline and athleticism required of the rigorously trained classical Chinese dancers.
Classical Chinese dance has its own set of basic skills in both physical expression and specific postures. “It also involves learning combinations of leaps, turns, flips, spins, and other aerial and tumbling techniques,” the website notes.
Classical Chinese dance is considered one of the most expressive systems in the world.
Reporting by Stacey Tang and Sharon Kilarski.
Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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