ORLANDO, Fla.—Theatergoers sang Shen Yun’s praises at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, Jan. 15–17. Donna Ganey, a retired interior decorator, adored the colors: “Oh, the colors! I was going crazy!
“I especially liked the ones where they looked like pansies. The fairies—where they had the purple pansies. Oh, it was gorgeous, just gorgeous,” she said.
“Oh, I thought it was wonderful. The colors, the outfits—I don’t know if they were silk, but the intensity of the colors was fascinating,” she said.
“And I have never seen a screen where the people levitated out like that. That was so unique and clever.” She wondered if that had been done before. “It was unbelievable! It was like a new form of art,” Ms. Ganey said.
Many theatergoers are awestruck by Shen Yun’s unique animated backdrops, which extend the stage and also complement and synchronize with every aspect of the performance. Dancers appear to float seamlessly between the stage and the digital backdrops, which display spectacular scenes of China’s land and history.
“I liked the history aspect of it. It was 5,000 years old. I loved that,” she said of the traditional Chinese culture that Shen Yun embodies.
Mrs. Kay Lee, a retired accountant, accompanied Ms. Ganey to the performance. “It was colorful, it was energetic, it was lively, and it made you feel good. That’s really what I liked,” she said.
Moved to Tears
Judy Bilkey, a retired nurse, was moved to tears by the performance. “It was phenomenal. The words that were being sung …,” she said, weeping.
“The music really tore her up,” said Jack Bilkey, who accompanied her.
“The lyrics are all original compositions. Brimming with philosophical reflection about human life and deep layers of meaning, they traverse the boundaries of nation, race, and culture. …,” Shen Yun’s website states. The lyrics are sung in Chinese, in bel canto style, with the English translation displayed on the backdrop.
“Definitely, yes, it has a great meaning, and when I talked to the woman who had seen it so many times, she said that it was so moving. I could feel it,” Ms. Bilkey said.
“Everything just floats. I loved the whole show.” Ms. Bilkey said, and added that she hoped that Shen Yun would come back again.
“The performers were just so excellent,” Mr. Bilkey said. He agreed that they would be waiting for Shen Yun to come back. “If [Shen Yun is] here, we’re here. I promise you,” he said.
The last of this year’s three performances at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre is Jan. 17. The next Florida venue for Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company will be Jacksonville’s Times Union Center for the Performing Arts, Jan. 29 and 30.
Reporting by Louise Rothman.
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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