SEATTLE—Juel Lugl, graphic designer, and Clay Krauss, IT worker, were both in attendance for Shen Yun Performing Arts at Seattle’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall on Saturday afternoon.
“Good stuff,” said Mr. Krauss.
“For 5,000 years divine culture flourished in the land of China,” states Shen Yun’s website. “Humanity’s treasure was nearly lost, but through breathtaking music and dance, Shen Yun is bringing back this glorious culture.”
Mr. Krauss said that he was drawn by the performance’s insight regarding the persecution of Falun Gong by the communist regime in China. “I think they’re giving a voice to a voice that is suppressed and shedding light on something that we don’t really know about,” he said.
According to Shen Yun’s website, the Chinese Communist Party, whose regime and ideology are in stark contrast with the traditional culture of China, has centered a campaign of persecution on Falun Gong, a cultivation practice guided by the principles of “Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance.”
Though she was appreciative of becoming more culturally informed through Shen Yun’s depiction of both ancient and modern stories, Ms. Lugl found the dance and costumes to be the most exceptional part of the performance.
She was especially struck by the perfection of choreography orchestrated through so many dancers at once. “It’s kind of overwhelming because there’s so many dancers on stage at one time doing different things,” she said. “And they kind of rippled almost as one being—even though it was 30 different dancers.”
“It was pretty amazing to watch,” she added.
“Soaking up profound wisdom from every era and dynasty, [Chinese classical dance] has become a complete system of dance embodying traditional aesthetic principles with its unique dance movements, rhythms, and inner meaning,” according to Shen Yun.
“I feel like many forms of dance do that, but they’re at such a high level with so many dancers on stage, and then they do so many different forms of Chinese classical dance,” Ms. Lugl said. “At the same time it’s amazing that they can retain that precision throughout the entire performance.”
“They’re just very precise as a group,” she concluded. “So that’s pretty amazing.”
With reporting by Michael Green and Michael Fitzgerald
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company is performing in Seattle, at the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, March 28-31. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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