SAN JOSE, Calif.—For Franco Uomo and Angelina Haole, both fashion designers, seeing Shen Yun perform at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts on Jan. 6 was an impressive experience.
“It’s beautiful. We’re both artists; we like art and this was like live art,” said Mr. Uomo.
“I wouldn’t even call it a performance, I would call it art.”
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has the mission to revive 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture. According to the company’s website the performance is “a presentation of traditional Chinese culture as it once was: a study in grace, wisdom, and the virtues distilled from the five millennia of Chinese civilization.”
Mr. Uomo said he was very touched by the Chinese culture presented in the performance. He also enjoyed how the performance displayed China’s rich cultural heritage.
Classical Chinese dance is at the core of Shen Yun’s performances, but also featured is ethnic and folk dances from China’s rich cultural diversity—which includes over 50 different ethnic groups.
Ms. Haole says that she was struck by the costumes used in the performance.
“Clothes are my specialty and that’s what I liked best about the show—the way they used the fabric as a part of the whole scene, the skirts, and how they threw the sleeves around,” she said.
“It was gorgeous, very beautiful.”
Each Shen Yun performance contains hundreds of costumes, all crafted with meticulous attention to detail.
In its performance Shen Yun has combined classical Chinese arts with state-of-the-art digital backdrop technology to enhance the theater experience with vivid, animated settings on stage.
The backdrops are synchronized with all other elements of the performance such as the costumes, the dance, and the music. The backdrops transport audience members to magical realms.
The backdrops are something that Mr. Uomo says he enjoyed. “I like the details, the background, how they fly out from behind the stage.”
Mr. Uomo said he would recommend his friends to see Shen Yun perform.
Reporting by Alex Ma and Jasper Fakkert.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s Touring Company will be in Vancouver until Jan. 13, while the New York Company will complete its tour of eastern Canada with five shows in Toronto from Jan. 17–20. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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