LOS ANGELES—”I think everything goes together so well. I appreciate the music, the dance, and it’s all one, because it’s done well together,” said Megan Webb about Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Dorothy Chandler on Jan. 25. Mrs. Webb is a fitness dance instructor who attended with her husband, Jeremy Webb, a stage comedian who performs all over California.
Shen Yun is a New York-based performing arts company that celebrates traditional Chinese culture and the spiritual core within that 5,000-year legacy.
Mr. Webb particularly enjoyed the Tang Dynasty Battleground and the story with the Monkey King and the “the pig guy, the fat guy was funny.” Sand Monk is Blessed tells a story from the classic Chinese novel, Journey to the West, and includes the comic character Pigsy, a portly, magical being with pig ears.
Mrs. Webb enjoyed the segment with the ladies dancing with long, flowing sleeves: “I just love the artistry and the elegance. [Ancient Elegance] It’s beautiful.”
Shen Yun specializes in classical Chinese dance, considered one of the most comprehensive and expressive dance systems in the world. Classical Chinese dance has its own set of basic skills in both physical expression and specific postures. “It also involves learning combinations of leaps, turns, flips, spins, and other aerial and tumbling techniques,” its website notes.
The couple appreciated the complexity and depth of traditional Chinese dance. Mr. Webb said, “I didn’t realize that Chinese dance had so many different elements … .”
Mrs. Webb said she wanted to see traditional Chinese dance. “I didn’t realize that there were so many different kinds and forms of Chinese dance. This is very beautiful, I needed to see it.”
Mrs. Webb thoroughly enjoyed the large scope of moves and unique postures of genuine traditional Chinese dance: “You’re standing up taller, but yet they find these positions that they go into that are just beautiful.”
She saw the unique expressive quality of Chinese dance: “You look at their feet and there are different elements of dance that tie into that … It’s its own entity. It’s Chinese. It’s beautiful.”
Reporting by Lu Rusong and Derek Padula.
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will perform in Los Angeles at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Jan. 25 through 27. Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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