Graphic Artist Calls Shen Yun ‘Absolutely stunning’

Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 3, 2013 Last Updated: February 3, 2013
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Eileen DiIanni (L) with her sister at Shen Yun Preforming Arts in Pittsburgh on Feb. 3. (The Epoch Times)

Eileen DiIanni (L) with her sister at Shen Yun Preforming Arts in Pittsburgh on Feb. 3. (The Epoch Times)

PITTSBURGH—Shen Yun Performing Arts dazzled theatergoers in Pittsburgh on Sunday, giving them a taste of authentic Chinese culture and dance.

Eileen DiIanni, a graphic artist with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, described the performance as “absolutely stunning,” particularly noting the “fabulous” costumes throughout.

The costumes, an integral part of Shen Yun, are handmade and inspired from various Chinese dynasties and different ethnic groups, the company’s website states.

She also found the dance “phenomenal” and had a “gracefulness,” noting that classical Chinese dance—the main style used by the performers—is the basis of many different types of dance and performing arts.

Shen Yun aims to revive traditional Chinese culture through performing arts, according to the company’s website. 

“It was beautiful but [it] was also [a] revelation to us” that the performance cannot be shown in China, Ms. DiIanni said. Shen Yun cannot perform in China due to its mission to revive traditional Chinese culture—something the ruling regime has sought to destroy for decades. 

She also lauded the dance company’s orchestra, which joins together Western and Chinese musical traditions. The orchestra uses Western classical music as its base and leads with Chinese instruments, according to Shen Yun’s website.

Reporting by Lijie Sun and Jack Phillips

Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company will perform next in Indianapolis at the Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University, February 5 -- 6. Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit

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