CINCINNATTI—Denise Kackoverry enjoyed the classical stories, she said, after viewing Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company at the Aronoff Center for the Arts on Feb. 8.
“I’m surprised, I didn’t know what to expect,” Ms. Kackoverry said. She owns a small technology company, Critical Networks Group, which serves public sector projects.
New York-based Shen Yun has surprised and touched audiences all over the world. Its three companies have toured over a hundred cities last year, and will likely surpass that number this year.
“I like the change of scenery, I like the dancing, I like the choreography, it was surprising to me, really,” Ms. Kackoverry said.
Shen Yun starts with classical Chinese dance—an art form nearly as ancient as the 5,000 year old culture—and ethnic and folk dance, and accentuates the dance with digital backdrops, vocal soloists, and an orchestra that joins East and West, as the company’s website explains.
“I lived in Taipei for a little while and I really got a glimpse of Chinese culture, but I’ve never been to the mainland, so I was anxious to see this,” she said.
Shen Yun does not originate from mainland China. In fact, it is not allowed to enter China, given that it aims to revive 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture, a culture all but decimated by the communist regime still in power.
‘Gimpse into Chinese history’
Also attending the Friday evening performance was attorney Verno Kreger, who works for Johnson & Johnson, a healthcare company.
“It’s very exciting,” Mr. Kreger said. He really enjoyed the dancing and costumes.
“The costumes are very colorful, and I liked all the embellishment of their motion with their costumes. So it was very elegant,” he said.
Shen Yun’s costumes are handmade and audiences typically respond to their pure, vibrant colors and intricate designs.
Mr. Kreger also said the show gave a glimpse into Chinese history, even it’s modern history involving the repression of freedom. “It opens our eyes to see that there is this type of conflict in China,” he said.
Reporting by Charlie Lu 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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