ORLANDO, Fla.—Orlando, a top tourist destination, was once again the top spot for enjoying traditional Chinese culture and dance at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre on Jan. 16.
Gina Hatch, a dancer, was thrilled to see Shen Yun Performing Arts. At intermission, she said, “It was wonderful! I thought it was very inventive and creative, beautiful costuming, wonderful storytelling! I loved the storytelling.”
“Shen Yun’s mini-drama pieces draw upon stories and legends that span China’s history from the Yellow Emperor, through the Tang and Song dynasties, and all the way to the modern day,” states the Shen Yun website.
“I loved the costuming, the way it flowed, the beautiful colors, the coming in and out of the screen.”
She was referring to Shen Yun’s colorful animated backdrops, which extend the stage and complement all aspects of the performance. Dancers seem to pass effortlessly between the stage and the backdrop.
“I’m a ballerina myself, so it’s very wonderful to hear of other cultures and their history of dance. I still perform. I choreograph here in Orlando, and I also teach,” she said.
“When I was younger, I toured with lots of different companies. I did a Radio City show out of New York, Radio City Rockettes, for seven seasons. So I didn’t do just ballet. I danced here with a couple of different companies: Central Florida Ballet, Orlando Ballet, the Russian Academy of Ballet.”
“Oh, it’s exquisite!” she said of classical Chinese dance. “You can tell it’s every bit as strenuous, and the dedication and commitment to their art … definitely just brilliant.”
Reporting by Elaine Zhang and Louise Rothman.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. The International Company will perform in Orlando again on Jan. 17. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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