HOUSTON—Dr. Kaare Kolstead, Houston’s leading sports medicine physician and Houston orthopedic surgeon, attended Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Houston Jones Hall for the Performing Arts on Dec. 29.
Dr. Kolstead attended the performance with his wife, Maria Kolstead, and their young son.
“I thought it was outstanding,” said Dr. Kolstead.
Dr. Kolstead is head team doctor to the Houston Dynamo, a major league soccer team, and he is part of the orthopedic team treating the Houston Astros, a major league baseball team and the Houston Texans, a professional American football team.
Dr. Kolstead is also an official Methodist physician to the Houston Ballet as member of the Center for Performing Arts Medicine (CPAM).
New York-based Shen Yun presents 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture through classical Chinese dance and music, with China’s numerous ethnic and folk dance styles rounding out the evening.
“I loved the fact that they talk about China in a very multidimensional way,” said Dr. Kolstead.
“Shen Yun Performing Arts’ dance style is built upon classical Chinese dance as a foundation, while also maintaining a number of ethnic and folk dances. This combination embodies Chinese people’s estheticism and ethnic character,” explains Shen Yun’s website.
“Expressing different parts of the broad culture, of the Chinese culture, I thought it was great—Mongolia, the Yi people. I think a lot of people in the United States think China is a mono-culture, so I thought that was really brilliant,” he said.
China has 55 officially recognized ethnic minorities, and their distinct ways of life reflect discrepancies in local topography, climate, and religious tradition, according to Shen Yun’s website.
“It’s very graceful,” said Mrs. Kolstead. “I love that they’re showing us the traditional Chinese dance.”
Dr. Kolstead said that the Shen Yun Orchestra was outstanding. “I thought that was great—outstanding. I thought it really blended well with the dancing and the show.”
“I love the costumes and the dancing,” said Dr. Kolstead, who was particularly struck by the profound, traditional Chinese culture.
It’s very deep and rich. I’m very impressed at how broad it is. It’s just incredible.
“It’s very deep and rich. I’m very impressed at how broad it is. It’s just incredible. You can see that it’s something that’s been worked on for thousands of years,” said Dr. Kolstead, referring to the 5,000-year history of Chinese culture.
According to Shen Yun’s website, every costume in a Shen Yun performance is presented with brilliant colors, displaying a splendid spectacle.
“I thought the costumes were exquisite,” said Mrs. Kolstead, awe-struck by the colors.
“But not overdone either,” Dr. Kolstead added. “This was elegant but still brilliant at the same time,” he said.
Dr. Kolstead said the backdrops were really beautiful. “It really captured China in a lot of ways, and the different parts of China as well.”
“The digital projection,” according to Shen Yun’s website, “infinitely expands and transforms the stage. Inspired by 5,000 years of history, these spectacular landscapes truly reflect China’s multifaceted geography, society, regions, and dynasties.”
With reporting by Catherine Yang and Kelly Ni.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s International Company will be performing in Houston through January 1. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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