LOS ANGELES—Entrepreneur Dean Factor watched a sold-out showing of Shen Yun Performing Arts with his children Jan. 27 at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
Mr. Factor, great-grandson of Hollywood cosmetics legend Max Factor, owns Smashbox Studios. He was the CEO and co-founder of Smashbox Cosmetics before it sold to Estee Lauder in 2010.
Mr. Factor was happy to share his enthusiasm for the performance.
“I think it’s fantastic. It’s very informative, and the dance is very wonderful. The costumes are beautiful, and everyone’s extremely well choreographed. Everyone’s in sync, which is hard to do with a lot of people. I like that,” he said.
He was especially struck by the costumes in the Mongolian Bowl Dance. “I thought those outfits were particularly beautiful,” he said.
Shen Yun is a New York-based classical Chinese music and dance company that tours globally to revive China’s 5,000-year, divinely inspired culture.
In a collection of pieces, dozens of beautifully costumed dancers “weave a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends and heroic modern-day epics,” according to the company website.
State-of-the-art graphics technology enhances the audience’s experience of the performance. A digitally animated backdrop provides vivid imagery that transports audiences to different ages and lands.
“The backdrops are magical windows to completely different realms,” says the company website. “From vast open grasslands in one dance to the stately elegance of Tang Dynasty pavilions in another; from dusty yellow battlegrounds to tropical beaches to Himalayan peaks to picturesque scenery of the Yellow River Delta.”
Mr. Factor didn’t expect to see the backdrops, which delighted and surprised him.
“I thought that was very unique, the way the characters pop from the movie to real life; it’s really cool.”
He was referring to the way the dancers move from animated characters flying about in the backdrop to real life on stage.
Mr. Factor said he loves Chinese culture. “I love it, and it was great to come here and show my kids as well,” he said.
‘It’s incredibly beautiful’
Actress and model Kim Mancuso also attended the sold out event, and she was accompanied by her daughters Mila, Sophia, and Lucie.
Ms. Mancuso said, “It’s incredibly beautiful. It’s really inspiring, and we’re enjoying it very much.”
Explaining why it’s inspiring to watch, she said, “All my daughters dance, and I know the hard work it takes to be so disciplined and so balanced.”
She added that the colors and music are “so well put together. I hope everybody can come and enjoy it while you’re here in Los Angeles.”
Reporting by NTD Television and Albert Roman.
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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