MILWAUKEE—Jerry Wallace heard about Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company coming to the Milwaukee Theatre from the Milwaukee Journal. He was struck by the beauty and the athleticism the the performance had to offer, so he brought a friend to the evening performance on Feb. 20.
Mr. Wallace, a retired vice president of Milwaukee Journal of the Commercial Franklin Division, was not disappointed. He stated he was most impressed by the “artistic beauty and then also the athletic ability of [Shen Yun]. You know the jumps and the performances where it is all choreographed and done in sequence. It’s done very beautifully.”
“Chinese dance is at the heart of what Shen Yun does. Known for its incredible flips and spins, and its gentle elegance, it is one of the most rigorous and expressive art forms in the world,” states the company’s website.
Shen Yun’s mission is to bring to life 5,000 years of divinely inspired civilization through stories told by traditional dance, music, and song.
From the stories told by the Shen Yun performance, Mr. Wallace learned more about Chinese traditional culture: “that the history of the Chinese people goes back many, many eons and … the legends that are developed, you know, as to the meaning of life, things of that sort.”
Elaborating on the meaning of life he explained, “Faith in a being … a higher being or God … It’s in many cultures, the Chinese also.”
“A Shen Yun performance features the world’s foremost classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra blending East and West, and dazzling animated backdrops—together creating one spectacular performance,” states the company’s website.
“Another thing that kind of amazed us is how [Shen Yun] integrated the background with the [performers]. Like the scene of the fish, where they jumped down [behind the stage] and they floated in to the background area then they came out and then they came on stage. I thought that was very effective,” he said.
Mr. Wallace is now retired from the paper but sells printing equipment. He would tell his peer’s in the print field about Shen Yun: “I would tell them that it’s beautifully choreographed, and it’s very graceful and very athletic.”
Reporting by Stacey Tang and Cat Rooney.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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