HOUSTON—David and Brenda Regzneaun, both of whom are executives, attended Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company’s evening performance Jones Hall for the Performing Arts on Dec 30. “The costumes are just spectacular. The dancing was just beautiful,” Mr. Regzneaun said. “Very beautiful,” Mrs. Regzneaun said.
According to Shen Yun’s website, “hundreds of gorgeous, hand-made garments span China’s dynasties, regions, and ethnic groups.” Mr. Regzneaun said that the costumes really struck him.
Mrs. Regzneaun said she was touched by the discipline of the performers. “It’s amazing how the lines are perfectly determined—exact. It’s very strict discipline. And it’s very beautiful,” she said.
Mrs. Regzneaun said that the digital backdrop behind the dancers was “absolutely spectacular—it was incredible.”
“The hi-tech images lift the stage and set it amidst blossoming landscapes, deep forests, Mongolian prairies, or celestial paradises,” according to Shen Yun’s website.
“It’s a very beautiful show. The timing is amazing,” she said.
Mr. Regzneaun recognized a feeling of unity and community in the performers. “It’s a lot of community. It’s just very, very good,” he said.
“I have a lot of respect for the Shen Yun culture. The discipline is—it is a beautiful culture. Unfortunately we don’t know a lot about the culture—the Chinese culture,” said Mrs. Regzneaun.
Based in New York, Shen Yun presents 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture through classical Chinese music and dance.
Jack Alexander, a retired investment advisor in the oil business, said that Shen Yun’s performance was excellent. “The costumes are beautiful. The dancing was fantastic,” he said.
Sandra Groft, who works in insurance, invited Mr. Alexander to Shen Yun after she saw a billboard and heard an advertisement. “It just seemed like something fun to do on the holidays weekend,” she said.
Mrs. Groft enjoyed the performance. “Oh, I love it,” she said. “I like the gracefulness of the movements of the dancers. I think that’s really beautiful.”
Mrs. Groft was especially delighted by the female dancers and liked the challenging tumbling techniques found in classical Chinese dance.
“They were doing these things in circles. It was just beautiful,” she said.
Reporting by Sarah Guo and Kelly Ni.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s International Company will be performing in Houston through January 1. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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