SAN JOSE, Calif.—Shen Yun’s Touring Company performed to a full house on Jan. 6 at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts in California. Sitting amidst the crowd was Mr. Pierre Antoniucci, a retired CEO of a high-tech company.
Mr. Antoniucci has seen many technological feats, but he felt that he has seen nothing quite like the visual technology in Shen Yun’s performance.
“That’s innovative,” he said.
Mr. Antoniucci said it was the first time he had seen an advanced digital-backdrop such as the one used by Shen Yun.
Shen Yun uses state-of-the-art graphics technology to create an atmosphere that takes the audience back through 5,000 years of Chinese culture and history.
From the cloud-shroud peaks of the Himalayas, to the grandeur of the Tang Dynasty’s golden pavilions, the digital backdrop brings the essence of the ancient and geographical elements of Chinese civilization to the audience, according to Shen Yun’s website.
“That was appreciated,” Pierre said, “bringing high-tech visual images to the environment.”
Mr. Antoniucci also said he was captivated by the stories behind the dances. Within a set of mini dramas that are less than 10 minutes each, Shen Yun performs several pieces that explore Chinese literary classics, such as Journey to the West, an epic story about how a monk journeyed to India to bright back Buddhist scriptures.
“It’s nice to have those stories told in the middle of the dancing sketches,” he said. “The whole is very pleasant and entertaining.”
Classical Chinese dance has a special focus on bearing, form, and technical skill, according to Shen Yun’s website. Bearing is the inner spirit of classical Chinese dance, an essence that was carried through 5,000 years of civilization.
The dancers’ bearing is showed through their breath, intent, personal aura, and deep emotional expressions.
Form includes the exquisite movements and postures of classical Chinese dance.
Bearing and form are enhanced through the techniques, such as difficult jumps, leaps, turns, and flips.
“The show is good,” Mr. Antoniucci said. “It’s different for Western styles—nice choreography, nice costumes, very good dancing.”
Reporting by Mark Cao and Amelia Pang.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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