RALEIGH, N.C—“I was blown away,” said dancer Willa Mitchel after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts on Saturday at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts.
“It’s amazing—they are so light on their feet, they are very flexible,” she said. “I mean I am really glad I am here.”
Shen Yun tours the globe on a mission to revive the ancient and divinely inspired Chinese culture, one that spans back 5,000 years and includes deep inner principles and a surprising variety of stories and legends.
Classical Chinese dance, the base of the performance, spans back nearly as long and has incorporated different elements from different eras and dynasties, according to Shen Yun’s website.
“China’s deep cultural traditions are contained in classical Chinese dance, allowing its movements to be richly expressive, such that the personalities and feelings of characters can be portrayed with unparalleled clarity,” states the website. “It is therefore capable of depicting scenes from any time period, whether ancient or modern, Eastern or Western, in a strikingly vivid way.”
Between dance pieces two Masters of Ceremonies explain the upcoming piece in Chinese and English, giving the audience context and some interesting facts about the culture.
“It feels like I learn a lot,” said Ms. Mitchel, who has danced since she was two.
Also taking in the performance on Saturday evening, and enjoying it, was Rosalie Bocelli, an events promoter.
Mrs. Bocelli received a surprise gift from her brother, visiting from Puerto Rico. He bought her and her husband tickets to see Shen Yun.
“This is wonderful, this has been a wonderful experience,” she said.
What did she enjoy?
“Everything. I would say the costumes, the songs, the singer; the hosts introducing and giving us a little bit background of China; and the culture.”
Mrs. Bocelli said that anyone who wants to see Shen Yun should come to one of the performances. “It is a great experience,” she said. “Even for children, that will be great.”
Reporting by NTD Television and Zachary Stieber.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s International Company is in Raleigh from Jan. 19-20, and will visit Charlotte Jan. 26-27. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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