After attending the sold-out premiere of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Living Arts Centre on Thursday, a husband and wife design team was inspired.
“It was gorgeous—the costumes, the performance, everything—they are so talented,” said interior designer Paula Barrero.
“Inspiring,” added her husband Fernando Cordero, an architect who works at the same company as his wife.
New York-based Shen Yun is a classical Chinese dance and music company, which aims to revive five millennia of Chinese culture through the performing arts.
The performance features a collection of story-based dances told through classical Chinese dance as well as ethnic and folk dance, with the accompaniment of digitally animated backdrops and a unique orchestra that incorporates traditional Chinese instruments.
According to the Shen Yun website, its story-based dances aim to embody traditional Chinese values.
“Ideals of loyalty, filial piety, and veneration for the divine are cherished and celebrated. Heroes are extolled for their compassion and tolerance as much as their courage or determination when facing adversity,” states the website.
Ms. Barrero says the stories touched her because they were easy to understand, yet held profound meaning.
“It was very inspiring, because of the message that the [stories] give you,” she said.
It tells you there is more beyond what you see, and there is so much more to appreciate around us.
“It tells you there is more beyond what you see, and there is so much more to appreciate around us.”
Mr. Cordero said Shen Yun’s divine themes and spirituality were uplifting.
“When you see the goddess and all the gods coming down and talking to humans and helping them to go through life—that’s inspiring,” he said, referring to a piece called “Divine Mercy.”
According to the Shen Yun program, “Divine Mercy” tells the story of celestial intervention in an earthly injustice, and highlights a universal theme of good triumphing over evil.
With reporting by NTD Television and Justina Wheale.
New York-based Shen Yun has three companies that tour the world each year on a mission to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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