MESA, Ariz.—Ron Feigen, director of Information Security at Oracle Corporation, a worldwide computer technology business, attended the evening performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts with his wife, Cari Dandy, a real estate agent, at the Ikeda Theater in the Mesa Art Center March 2.
The performers were offered a standing ovation by the delighted audience at the end of the evening.
Mrs. Dandy and Mr. Feigen were highly impressed.
“ [I] love the show. It’s really colorful, very entertaining, and the dancers are really talented,” Mrs. Dandy said. “It’s amazing.”
Her husband agreed, saying, “It’s very nice—very talented [performers]. Very well choreographed.”
Shen Yun is a New York-based classical Chinese music and dance company that tours the world each year with an all-new production with the mission of restoring and reviving traditional Chinese culture. It’s in the midst of its 2013 season with three companies simultaneously performing in North America, Europe, and Asia.
A Shen Yun performance includes the world’s foremost classically trained dancers who weave a tapestry of stories, both ancient and modern, that embody the essence of China’s divinely inspired culture, all accompanied by a orchestra.
Hundreds of brilliantly colored, handmade pieces are worn by the dancers throughout the performances. In addition, a digital backdrop displays vivid images of China’s vast land, from fertile farmlands, to the great plains of Mongolia, to the lofty peaks of the Himalayas, allowing audiences to feel the splendor of ancient China.
Mrs. Dandy was struck by these features.
“It’s just the color, it really keeps you entertained—how colorful and vibrant everything is,” she said. “[I] love it; it’s really unusual.”
She added, “The digital backdrops are really beautiful. I love when they’re flying into the scenery. It looks really good. It looks really real!”
She was referring to the way in which the performers and backdrop are integrated, with dancers leaping behind the stage, then appearing as mystical animations in the backdrop, and then returning from the screen to the stage.
She also enjoyed the stories like Tang Dynasty Battleground and An Unexpected Encounter, which is about a father and daughter who, while taking in the sights of China together, are swept into jail with other Chinese who practice Falun Dafa, a spiritual practice now persecuted in China.
“That was pretty interesting,” she said, noting that it’s good to try to make people aware of what’s happening in China.
Both Mr. Feigen and Mrs. Dandy said they would recommend Shen Yun: “Sure,” he said. “Oh, absolutely,” she agreed, adding, “I would say that it’s great for children too. I wish I had brought my nephews. I would say that they would have a really good experience.”
Reporting by Flora Ge and Albert Roman.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company is performing at the Ikeda Theater in the Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, Arizona, March 3, at Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 5–6, and the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, March 10. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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