COSTA MESA, Calif.—President of development company Headlands Reserve LLC Sanford Edward was impressed by the Chinese values Shen Yun Performing Arts portrayed at the Jan. 19 performance at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
“In the West there’s a big emphasis on commercial and rational thinking … but this takes you back to your roots,” Mr. Edward said.
Shen Yun revives 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture. The Shen Yun website describes classical Chinese dance as “soaking up profound wisdom from every era and every dynasty.”
“It’s very well choreographed,” Mr. Edward said.
He also said he admired the costumes from China’s various ethnic groups and dynasties, as well as the digital animated backdrop.
The visual aspect of the performance made an impression on Mr. Edward. “The dancing and the costumes, very strong.”
“I liked the beginning when they added the visual graphic of the Buddha incarnating on the earth. I’d like to see more of that,” said Mr. Edward.
In the opening dance, Descending to the World, gods and goddesses vow to help and come to the world in the form of an imperial court, marking the arrival of China’s divinely-inspired culture,” according to the program.
The closing dance, Divine Mercy, also has imagery of divine beings. According to the program, in that dance, “Heaven protects the righteous, and goodness ultimately triumphs.”
Reporting by Flora Ge 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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