COSTA MESA, Calif.—Mr. Cirilo Pinlac, former president of the Rotary Club of Historic Filipinotown, attended the afternoon Shen Yun Performing Arts performance on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. It was Mr. Pinlac’s first time watching Shen Yun, and he said, “I love it!”
The mission of Shen Yun is to revive 5000 years of divinely inspired traditional Chinese culture, much of which has been lost over the last 60 years under Communist rule, according to the company’s website.
The performance is centered around classical Chinese dance with live orchestra accompaniment and an interactive digital backdrop. Ethnic and folk dances and solo singers and musicians round out the artistic elements.
Mr. Pinlac was very pleased with the dancers’ abilities. “I’m just amazed with the dancers—how athletic they are—even with the women,” he said. “For them to dance so dainty at the same time, so athletic, I’m really impressed.”
Having watched many different concerts and performances (mainly European), Mr. Pinlac was excited to see a performance that provided so much insight into Chinese culture. “It’s very educational,” he said.
Each dance in Shen Yun tells a different story from Chinese history. Ancient legends from different dynasties show the culture’s broad virtues, such as benevolence, propriety, and sincerity, while several dances are modern day tales of good versus evil.
Mr. Pinlac was interviewed during the intermission of the show. “So far, at the halftime, it looks marvelous,” he said. “It’s amazing. I look forward to the next half of the show.”
Reporting by Laura Gu and Sarah Le.
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will be at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa for performances January 18th-20th. New York-based Shen Yun has three companies that tour the world each year on a mission to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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