BOSTON—Artists and creatives of all ages and backgrounds flocked to the Boston Opera House this week to take in Shen Yun Performing Arts.
Nathan Porteshawver, director, author, playwright, and founder of the nonprofit theater company The Internet Players, attended the Feb. 9 performance and said it was a visual feast.
“I like it. It’s very spectacular, very pleasant to the eye,” he said. “The movement on stage in particular is very good—inspirational.”
“Through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends and heroic modern-day epics,” the Shen Yun website states. “Shen Yun presents themes of compassion and courage with stunning beauty and tremendous energy, leaving audiences uplifted and inspired.”
Jemma Craig, a photography producer for media, attended the Feb. 11 evening performance with homebuilder Mark Dunn and said it was a great experience.
“It’s fantastic. I’m having a wonderful time, very impressed,” she said at intermission.
“I like it a lot—like the colors, like all the movements. It’s great,” added Mr. Dunn. “I’m very pleased to be here.”
Ms. Craig said she had read rave reviews about Shen Yun’s exquisite costumes, which helped convince her to get tickets for the show.
“Beautiful—the costumes are wonderful,” she said. “The style aspect was impressive.”
Allison Gordon, a former finance professional, also attended the Feb. 11 show along with her daughter, Isabel, an aspiring ballet dancer.
“It’s really, really amazing!” Isabel said, adding that she hoped to learn classical Chinese dance after watching Shen Yun.
“It was beautiful to see and [had] a lot of depth and history,” Ms. Gordon said. “And it was interesting also that this show comes out of New York and not out of China.”
New York-based Shen Yun was formed in 2006 by classical Chinese artists from around the world who wished “to revive the true, divinely inspired culture of China.” “Completely independent of the Chinese regime, we enjoy the artistic freedom of New York to bring these ancient legends and virtues back to life,” the Shen Yun website states.
With reporting by Tim Pi, Jingli Liu, and Justina Wheale.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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