ORLANDO, Fla.—Tina Wong, an entrepreneur and business owner, had been waiting one year to attend Shen Yun Performing Arts. She said the performance was the most amazing thing she has ever seen and is already eager for next year’s performance.
Mrs. Wong said she has been chasing Shen Yun to see a performance. She tried to go the 2012 Shen Yun performance in Tampa, but it was sold out by the time she tried to buy tickets.
As Shen Yun began its 2013 world tour, Mrs. Wong was determined to see it this year. “When I heard [they] were going to be in Orlando, … I knew I was not going to miss it for anything,” she said. She wanted to surprise her daughter with something different, so she bought a ticket for her, too.
For Mrs. Wong, the wait was worth it. “It was actually more than I anticipated. I actually didn’t even know what to expect,” she said. Mrs. Wong found the whole experience deeply moving and deeply historical. “This is really deep. It goes back into the history of the whole [civilization],” she said.
Based in New York, Shen Yun was established in 2006 with the mission of reviving the almost-lost 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture. Due to more than 60 years of communist rule in China, the ancient Chinese culture has been almost destroyed.
At the core of Shen Yun’s performance is classical Chinese dance and music. Ethnic and folk dances add diverse styles.
“My head is filled with Shen Yun. It was so nice,” Mrs. Wong said. She follows Shen Yun on Facebook and said that as soon as she gets home, she’s going to post that she went to see Shen Yun.
“It was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen, and I totally mean that with all honesty,” she said.
Mrs. Wong has a background in acting through playing various roles as an extra. She has entered and won beauty pageants as well.
Shen Yun’s digital animated backdrops gave Mrs. Wong tremendous enjoyment, and she said the backdrops are going to be talked about until the next world tour. She said she just kept waiting for the next time the dancers would seemingly drop down onto the stage from the backdrop and then appear to float off into the backdrop again.
According to Shen Yun’s website, “animated backdrops transport the audience to another world.”
“It was well-thought of and well-done,” she said.
Mrs. Wong said she has worked on many different sets and has never seen anything like Shen Yun’s digital backdrops. “We’re still trying to figure out how do they do that!” she said.
She is already looking forward to next year’s performance. “What are you going to come with next? That was above and beyond. I can’t imagine what next year’s going to be like, so I’m waiting,” Mrs. Wong said.
She thought the costumes were amazing. “They were very intricately done. I loved everything about it,” she said
Mrs. Wong said that the sopranos were just amazing, and the Shen Yun Orchestra did an amazing job. “I didn’t expect a live orchestra when I came,” she said.
“Everything was just like bam, bam, bam, bam. It was really, really thought-out. It’s an amazing production,” Mrs. Wong said. “They get an AAA+.”
Mrs. Wong said she wants the artists to know she is grateful to Shen Yun. “Thank you so much for bringing such an amazing production to Orlando.” You are “always welcome in our city,” she said. “We appreciate you.”
Reporting by NTD Television and Kelly Ni.
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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