LOS ANGELES—Mr. Dennis Tito at the sold out performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts Jan. 25 at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
Mr. Tito is most well known for being the first space tourist to fund his own flight in April 2001. He is founder, CEO, and chairman of the board of Wilshire Associates, an international investment management company, according to its website.
Mr. Tito was happy to be at the performance.
“I’m enjoying the performance,” he said. “I like the color and the dancing.”
Shen Yun is a New York-based classical Chinese music and dance company with the expressed mission to revive China’s 5,000-year-old culture.
“Chinese dance-known for its incredible flips and spins, and its gentle elegance-is one of the most rigorous and expressive art forms in the world,” according to Shen Yun’s website. Shen Yun dances bring to life ancient legends and myths, China’s diverse ethnic groups.
The colors Mr. Tito mentioned are from the multitude of costumes and varied backdrops on display throughout the performance.
Every costume in a Shen Yun performance is brilliant; the colors are rich and striking. According the the company’s website, Shen Yun’s costume artists create hundreds of new pieces each season. “Their objective is an authentic presentation of the attire that comes from China’s divinely inspired traditional culture, and a consummate stage effect.”
Mr. Tito enjoyed the backdrops.
“I thought that was spectacular,” he said. He said he liked how the dancers would disappear from the stage then reappear as animated characters on the backdrop, then return to the stage.
Shen Yun uses state-of-the-art graphics technology to create vivid backdrops that transport audiences to a panoply of distant lands. “The backdrops are magical windows to completely different realms,” according to the company’s website. From high Himalayan peaks to the vast grasslands, and from imperial palaces to sacred temples, “the digital projection infinitely expands and transforms the state.”
In addition to the bright colors, vivid imagery, and graceful dancing, Shen Yun includes a live orchestra and vocal soloists. Mr. Tito said the orchestra and vocalists were very good.
With reporting by Lu Rusong and Albert Roman.
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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