KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Graphic designer Mrs. Sarah Hudson waited for years to see Shen Yun Performing Arts. She finally got the chance on Tuesday after her husband surprised her with tickets as a Christmas gift.
Mrs. Hudson and her husband Michael attended the Jan. 22 performance at the Kauffman Center and were thrilled by the experience.
“The show is spectacular, and the colors are very inspirational,” said Mrs. Hudson. “It’s been an amazing evening.”
“It is very beautiful; makes me wish I could dance better!” said Mr. Hudson.
Mrs. Hudson owns a graphic design company and works primarily in advertising. She was very impressed with Shen Yun’s visual aspects, such as the digitally animated backdrops, hundreds of handmade costumes, and creative props.
“Just being in the visual profession, it’s very exciting to be here and see everything come together,” she said, adding she would describe the show to colleagues as “eye-catching and inspirational.”
New York-based Shen Yun is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company. Featuring story-based dance pieces that span from the birth of China’s 5,000 year history to the modern day, Shen Yun’s mission is to revive the country’s rich traditional culture, according to its website.
Mrs. Hudson was fascinated by the lively folk dances portrayed in Shen Yun, which feature China’s multifaceted geography and ethnic regions.
Just the anticipation of being able to see what we’ve been hearing about.
“I didn’t really know what traditional dance was, so it’s been educational to see that for the first time,” she said.
Mr. Hudson was impressed with the athleticism of classical Chinese dance. According to the Shen Yun website, it is one of the most comprehensive dance systems in the world.
“The flips—how they can do a flip and come back and land on one foot at a time? It just amazes me,” he said.
For Mrs. Hudson, one of the most memorable moments in the performance was the opening scene. Called Descending to the World, the dance depicts the story of divine beings descending from heaven into the world, “marking the arrival of China’s divinely inspired culture,” according to Shen Yun’s program book.
“I thought the opening scene was spectacular because it was the first time seeing it live, and so it has a bigger impact,” Mrs. Hudson said. “Just the anticipation of being able to see what we’ve been hearing about.”
Shen Yun helped her gain a deep respect of China’s traditional culture, said Mrs. Hudson, and piqued her curiosity to learn more.
Reporting by Stacey Tang and Justina Wheale
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will perform in Thousand Oaks at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Jan. 22 and 23, and downtown Los Angeles at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Jan. 25 through 27. Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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