LOS ANGELES—Shen Yun Performing Arts concluded a series of 11 performances in the greater Los Angeles area on Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of Los Angeles Music Center.
Renowned Hollywood film director John Hillcoat appreciated Shen Yun, especially how “the mythical stories, the colors, and the choreography [are] all woven together succinctly.”
Based in New York, Shen Yun is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company, which aims to revive China’s 5,000 years of civilization. Through dance and music, Shen Yun is able to portray the essence of traditional Chinese culture in a 2-hour, tightly packed program. Mr. Hillcoat said, “The culture is beautiful. I like the simplicity of it all. It’s very gentle. I enjoy the stories in every setup.”
Born in Australia and raised in Canada, Mr. Hillcoat has enjoyed a long and successful career as film director, writer, and editor. His recent works include The Proposition (2005), The Road (2009), and Lawless (2012). The Proposition won Australian Film Institute Awards for Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Original Music Score, and Best Production Design.
The Shen Yun Orchestra maintains the grandeur of a symphonic orchestra with its classical Western instruments, while its Chinese instruments infuse the soul of Chinese ethnic music. “The music is lovely,” Mr. Hillcoat said. “I am surprised that the orchestra sounds very classical, in a Western classical sense.”
Reporting by Fei Liu and Sophia Fang.
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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