COSTA MESA, Calif.—Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company was welcomed by the many enthusiastic theatergoers at Orange County’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Jan. 19.
Sharing her excitement was art teacher Coleen Gee. “I loved the show … The dancing was wonderful,” she said.
Established in 2006, the mission of New York-based Shen Yun is to revive ancient divinely inspired Chinese culture through the performing arts.
With an artist’s discerning eye, Ms. Gee remarked, “I’m always looking for color and I look at the color combinations.” She continued, “I look at how they put together the production with the different lines of (dancers) moving in and out … I thought it was spectacular!”
Classical Chinese dance exemplifies grace, inner strength, flexibility, and purity of heart touching the audience in unexpected and profound ways.
“Oh, the dancing was beautiful. The women were graceful … the warriors, it was very exciting,” said Ms. Gee.
Shen Yun’s soloists are award-winning international singers trained in the bel canto technique, with the additional difficulty of enunciating the lyrics in Chinese.
“The singing was beautiful,” said Ms. Gee.
Through the powerful expression of dance, exquisitely colorful hand-sewn costumes, digitally-mastered backdrops and the unique blending of Western and Eastern classical instruments, China’s 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture is brought to life on stage.
This sparked an interest and a desire to learn more about ancient China’s respect for the heavens and divine retribution. “This would be something I would like to do a little research on,” said Ms. Gee.
Ms. Gee thoroughly enjoyed Shen Yun’s performance and in closing said, “I think it’s a beautiful show, and spectacular, and I’m glad I came today.”
Reporting by NTD Television and Maria Banks.
Shen Yun Performing Arts will perform at Segerstrom Center for the Arts Jan. 20, then on to Thousand Oaks at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Jan. 22 and 23, and finally to downtown Los Angeles at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Jan. 25 through 27. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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