ATLANTA—Graphic designer Jennifer Von Behren and her husband, county civil servant, Justin Von Behren, came from a nearby small town to see Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Jan. 5.
Mrs. Von Behren has a BFA in Theatre. She said: “I think it is visually stunning. I think it’s just beautiful costumes, beautiful colors. The dancing is amazing, and it’s just wonderful.”
As a graphic designer, she was attuned to the unique digitally projected backdrops, which interact with the dancers. She noted that the backdrops complemented the palette of the dancers’ costumes.
According to the Shen Yun website, the projected backdrops are magical windows to completely different realms. “These digital backdrop designs complement and synchronize all aspects of the performance: the characters, color of the costumes, specific dance movements, props, lighting, the story being told, particular notes played by the orchestra, and special audio effects.”
“I think it adds a little to the color and the visual impact of the costumes,” said Mrs. Von Behren. I noticed that they match. They’re coordinating. You know, the costumes pull out the colors that are in the backdrop and make them real, and it’s beautiful that way.”
According to Mrs. Von Behren’s LinkedIn profile, her mission is to inspire through creativity.
‘It was beautiful’
Travel agent Peggy Varljen said, “I love the show.” She said she had been to China, and loved it very much, but she “never saw anything like this there, though.”
Ms. Varljen said, “I liked the dance where they had the cloths where they twirled and made into flowers and things [Sewing the Flowers of Heaven].”
She said every dance pleased her. “It was beautiful. They were all excellent. I liked the sense of humor that came through also when the emperor went to the moon and back [The Emperor Journeys to the Moon]. That dance evokes a very famous Tang Dynasty poem, “Song of Rainbow Skirt and Feathered Dress,” written by Emperor Tang Xuanzong (685-762 A.D.).
Ms. Varljen said that she heard the applause and saw the standing ovation when the performance concluded, “so I thought it was very well received and we were surprised at how full the house was.”
Reporting by Roland Ree, NTD Television and Mary Silver.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world with a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. The Shen Yun International Company will perform at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Jan. 5-6, and at Fox Theatre from Jan. 8-9. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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