KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—Irena Linn, artistic director of Tennessee’s Children Dance Ensemble, was excited to attended Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Tennessee Theatre on Feb. 13.
“It’s very colorful,” she said in awe and struck by the variety in the performance. “Its’ sold out,” she said. “Everybody loves it.”
Shen Yun is based in New York and presents 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture through classical Chinese dance and music. Ethnic and folk dances from China’s vast regions are weaved throughout the performance, and award-winning vocalist perform solo pieces accompanied by a pianist.
“Visually, it’s so exciting,” Mrs. Linn said. “It’s very clean—professionally clean.”
According to Shen Yun’s website, classical Chinese “has become a complete system of dance embodying traditional aesthetic principles with its unique dance movements, rhythms, and inner meaning.”
Mrs. Linn said that Shen Yun was “enthusiastic and detailed performance.” Mrs. Linn is originally from Berlin, Germany and began her dance career at 19 years old under German’s pioneers of modern dance. The Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble has been teaching modern dance for 27 years.
“Anybody can enjoy it,” she said. Mrs. Linn recommends Shen Yun to everyone, small children, Chinese, and Westerners.
“I see children in the audience, and I see Chinese in the audience, and us Westerners we get a feeling of [the] traditional—you just get a cultural feeling from the performance,” Mrs. Linn said. “It’s very nice.”
Reporting by NTD Television and Kelly Ni.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun will give four shows in Nashville from Feb. 15-17. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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