THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.—Kimberly Abrams is the owner of Christian Performing Arts Center in Northridge, and she felt blessed that she was able to attend the sold-out performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Fred Kavli Theatre on Jan. 23.
New York-based Shen Yun was founded in 2006 with the mission of reviving 5,000 years of divinely-inspired traditional Chinese culture, through the medium of music and dance.
Christian Performing Arts Center teaches dance, drama and music to children and adults. From owner Kimberly Abrams’ perspective as a former professional dancer, she was very impressed by Shen Yun’s artistry.
“I was just extremely intrigued by the accuracy, the physical abilities of the dancers and the costuming, particularly, as well. I was just really, really blessed by all the beautiful costumes and the precision of all the choreography and the music,” she said.
The backdrop behind Shen Yun’s dancers is an interactive digital screen with colorful pictures and video to complement the dance. Ms. Abrams found it very entertaining.
“I just thought that was hilarious. Especially dancers flying after they jumped off the stage. That was amazing. … The best I’ve ever seen in a dance show by far.”
Ms. Abrams was touched by the story behind each dance, each one telling a different part of China’s rich history. She said she liked how some were serious and some were humorous, and how graceful the dancers were.
“I like the combination of so many different stories in one [show]. That was beautiful,” she said.
The portrayal of Chinese culture by the show felt very accurate to Ms. Abrams, who has a good friend from Hong Kong.
She said she would absolutely recommend Shen Yun to anyone. “I would say, a ‘must-see.’ Have to go. Put it on your calendar and make sure you attend.”
Reporting by Flora Ge and Sarah Le.
Shen Yun Touring Company will be at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles, Jan. 25 to 27. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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