ESCONDIDO, Calif.—World-acclaimed Shen Yun Performing Arts’ evening performance, held Friday, Dec. 28, at the California Center for The Arts, ended on a high note with two curtain calls, standing ovations and prolonged applause.
Design engineer, Gil Losi Jr., owner of two companies and vice president of one, and his wife Juli Losi, were part of the enthusiastic crowd.
Both described the New York-based presentation, a portrayal of ancient China’s divinely-inspired cultural heritage as different, unlike anything they had seen before.
“I loved the spiritual parts to it,” Mr. Losi said. “I do like that. I like that that is brought in because it is so different from what we have here.”
Launched in 2006, Shen Yun has a mission to restore and revive traditional Chinese culture, all but lost during the communist rule and especially after the Cultural Revolution, its company website explains.
Mrs. Losi also enjoyed her evening. “I really liked it, I liked it a lot. I loved the costumes. It’s so different from what I’m normally used to. But, different isn’t bad, different is good, different is how you learn.”
Ethnic and folk dances fill the stage with color and energy. Tremendous athleticism, thunderous battle drums, and masterful vocalists are all set to animated backdrops that transport you to another world.
“The costumes are amazing, really colorful and beautiful,” said Mr. Losi who was intrigued by Chinese dance—classical, ethnic and folk traditions.
“It has a lot more small detail,” Mrs. Losi added, “It’s just very controlled all the way through.”
Reporting by Lu Rusong, and Cheryl Casati.
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will be in Escondido for performances at the California Center for the Arts through Dec. 31.
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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