Nadine Coppola and her husband, Philip were impressed with the talent they witnessed at Shen Yun.
MESA, Ariz.—Nadine Coppola, director of rehab at Advanced Healthcare of Scottsdale, and her husband, Philip, owner of a construction consulting company, attended Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Ikeda Theater in the Mesa Arts Center on Mar. 1.
Both were impressed with the talent they witnessed.
“I did appreciate the amount of talent and the work that goes into the dancing and choreography. That was very impressive,” Mr. Coppola said.
Mrs. Coppola agreed, and said, “I enjoyed it. I’m not familiar with Chinese culture so it opened my eyes quite a bit. Lots of brightness and festivity. Very sweet and compassionate in their dance.”
Shen Yun is a New York-based classical Chinese music and dance company that tours 100 cities worldwide each year with an all-new production on its mission to revive classical Chinese culture. It’s currently in the midst of its 2013 season and has three companies simultaneously performing in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Shen Yun includes the world’s foremost classically trained dancers, an orchestra that seamlessly harmonizes traditional Chinese and classical Western instruments, and state-of-the-art graphics technology with a digital backdrop that extends the stage and creates vivid imagery that transports audiences to distant ages and lands.
In a collection of short pieces, no longer than ten minutes each, Shen Yun dances portray ancient myths, bygone heroes, and celestial paradises, according to the company website. “Heroes are extolled for their compassion and tolerance as much as their courage or determination when facing adversity,” Shen Yun’s website reads.
One major feature of classical Chinese dance is the bearing, or inner feelings, that dancers exude. “Bearing emphasizes internal spirit, breath, intent, personal aura, and deep emotional expression,” according to Shen Yun’s website.
Mrs. Coppola was impressed with this aspect of the dancers and noted their vibrance.
Her husband added, “I liked all of the colors. I could tell it took a lot of thought to pull everything together. I think it came across very well.”
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company is performing at the Ikeda Theater in the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Ariz., March 2–3, and the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz., March 10. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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