HOUSTON—Mrs. Ivis Bird saw Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts on Dec. 26 with her husband Dick Bird. She felt moved right from the beginning of the performance. “I really like the show,” she said. “This is my first time here and immediately when it first opened, I just went “Wow!” I just almost cried.”
Mrs. Bird is a clinical social worker, and her husband is a remarkable Renaissance man of a businessman. As a pioneering research scientist, he developed rocket fuels for the NASA Saturn project 40 years ago, owned a printing company, was a chemical engineer, and is a business consultant. He joked that he is a “Jack of all trades.”
Mrs. Bird said, “He’s modest.”
Mr. and Mrs. Bird were charmed and delighted by Shen Yun. Mrs. Bird said: “This is the art, and the color; the beauty of it really touched me deeply. I really, really like this.” According to the program, “Shen Yun Performing Arts was founded in New York in 2006 with a mission to reclaim and renew the true, divinely inspired cultural heritage of China.”
Mr. Bird said: “I really enjoyed this, and I got into it, because there’s a storyline and I can understand the storyline, the way they present it, and it’s great.”
The bilingual masters of ceremonies who introduce each piece pleased him and enhanced his understanding, he said.
Mrs. Bird also enjoyed the narrative dances. Shen Yun presents tales from Chinese legends and classical literature, and “I like the historical pieces that they bring,” she said.
Overall, Mrs. Bird enjoyed the beauty of the performance. “The costume is lovely and the dancing is so elegant, so beautiful, and the way their feet are just moving so quickly, everyone just floats. The women just floated across the stage,” she said.
Reporting by Yang Chen 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 be performing in Houston through Jan. 1.For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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