WORCESTER, Mass.—Celebrating their first anniversary, Susan Perry and Peter Hogan loved every second of Shen Yun Performing Arts at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, Feb. 6.
“I love it. It’s fantastic,” Mr. Hogan said.
Mr. Hogan just knew that Ms. Perry would enjoy the performance for their anniversary.
Ms. Perry was impressed with the dancers and their challenging tumbling and flipping techniques. “Great work,” she said. Chinese dance, which is very rigorous, is known for its flips and spins.
Classical Chinese dance has a long history spanning thousands of years. According to Shen Yun’s website, it has a “a complete system of dance embodying traditional aesthetic principles with its unique dance movements, rhythms, and inner meaning.”
Mr. Hogan said that he learned a lot about ancient Chinese culture.
Shen Yun, which is based in New York, presents 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture through classical Chinese dance and music.
Many of the dances are mini-dramas that draw on ancient stories and legends. “You will find a cast that reflects all levels of Chinese society, valiant heroes, brilliant strategists, fearless generals, and unwavering monks,” the Shen Yun website states.
“These stories also bring out faith in the divine and the Mandate of Heaven, reflecting the essence of traditional Chinese culture,” according to the website.
“The colors are wonderful, the dancers are wonderful—very enjoyable,” Mr. Hogan said. Mr. Hogan restores antique furniture.
Ms. Perry is an artist, a garden designer, and a painter. She also enjoys dancing and floral arranging for health clubs. She said that she loved Shen Yun’s color combinations and felt inspired.
“I’ll start wearing more colors,” she said. “This is very inspiring. Beautiful colors, the scarves, the costumes, the way they all blend together and move together— gorgeous,” she said.
Reporting by Tim Pi and Kelly Ni.
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. 8–10 at the Boston Opera House. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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