COSTA MESA, Calif.—Minu Singh, a North Indian folk dancer all her life, was entranced by the dancers of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Jan. 19.
“Their motions were flawless, and fluid, and beautiful,” Ms. Singh said. “I don’t think there was any time I could take my eyes away from the dancers.”
“The fabrics were moving so beautifully,” she said. The loose gowns and wide sleeves of the Han people (China’s largest ethnic group); the long, colorful skirts of the Yi ethnic group; the flowing silk sleeves, known as water sleeves—all “an authentic presentation of the attire that comes from China’s divinely inspired traditional culture,” according to the Shen Yun website.
The New York-based company revives 5,000 years of Chinese culture—the legends, the dance forms of the various ethnic groups, the wisdom, and the values. It features the world’s top classical Chinese dancers.
Ms. Singh was accompanied by five others. Physician Surinder Saini gave a summation: “I think it was very well presented, orchestrated, colorful, enjoyable, entertaining, and informative … It’s wonderful they are presenting this art form in different cities in the United States. It was absolutely worth coming.”
Dr. Saini said the animated digital backdrop brought the various parts of the country depicted to life.
“I thought that was awesome, I had never seen that before.”
Not only did Dr. Saini learn about China’s history, but also about contemporary life in China.
“People can see what happens under communist rule,” Dr. Saini said, “In the United States, you can express any art form you want. It was refreshing to see that they presented today’s issues as well, that people want to be free.”
Harpreet Cheema, a chemist for the local utility Southern California Edison, said, “The show is fantastic. I like the colorful presentation, the synchronized formations of the dances, the slow and peaceful music.”
With reporting by Yaning Liu and Tara MacIsaac.
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will perform in Thousand Oaks at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Jan. 22 and 23, and downtown 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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