BOSTON—“The music was really peaceful and wonderful,” Celinda Shannon said of Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company. The director of Strategic Relations and Programs at Brookline Chamber of Commerce had just attended the Feb. 9 performance of classical Chinese dance and music at the Boston Opera House.
Accompanying her was real estate appraiser Mike DeAngelis, who said, “Wonderful show!”
“I’m glad I came,” he added, saying it was beautiful and graceful.
Ms. Shannon agreed: “It was great. This is the first time I’ve ever seen it. It was wonderful!”
She was touched by various aspects of the performance and said she loved the dancing. “The costumes were amazing, and the music was really peaceful and wonderful.”
Through music, dance, and technology, New York-based 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.Mr. DeAngelis enjoyed the performance, The Emperor Journeys to the Moon, in which Emperor Tang Xuanzong is taken on a magical journey by the moon goddess. Afterward the emperor writes one of the Tang Dynasty’s most famous pieces: “Song of Rainbow Skirt and Feathered Dress,” according to the program book.
Shen Yun is not allowed to enter China, given that it aims to revive 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture, in stark contrast with the ruling communist regime. “That’s terrible,” Ms. Shannon said. “That’s unfortunate.”
Reporting by Jeanmarie Lunsford.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun New York Company is performing in Boston Feb. 9–12 at the Boston Opera House. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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