JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—It was daddy-daughter night for Mr. Jeff Bouchy of St. Augustine and his two little girls. He and his daughters saw Shen Yun International Company at the Times-Union Performing Arts Center on Jan. 30 while his wife took the boys to eat at Maggiano’s, their favorite restaurant.
His girls are avid and serious dancers and students of cheerleading. According to the eldest, they like dance “a lot,” and according to the youngest, they like it “a lot, a lot!”
Mr. Bouchy owns the Jacksonville Sharks arena football team and three companies, all entertainment and sports-related businesses. His team won a championship in 2012, and his companies are growing.
He travels a great deal and takes his children with him, wanting them to have enriching experiences. In the same spirit, he brought his daughters to see Shen Yun, knowing they love dance and performing arts.
Speaking to his children, he said: “I definitely like the colorful costumes, and the backdrops are great. They are very good dancers. Do you think they are good dancers?
His older daughter said, smiling, “I think they look like rainbows, and they are really colorful.”
Shen Yun’s costumes are known for their beauty and intricacy. “Every costume in a Shen Yun performance is presented with brilliant colors, … from the Tang Dynasty’s ‘Raiment of Rainbows and Feathers’ to imperial dragon robes, phoenix coronets, and cloud capes, from the civil official’s headdress and robes to the warrior’s helmet and armor, and from the traditional rightward cross-collared Han clothing to the ethnic attire of the Manchurian, Tibetan, Dai, Mongol, and Uyghur ethnic groups,” the Shen Yun website states.
After a brief moment of shy fidgeting, the younger daughter said, “Even I liked how they came out of the screen.”
Shen Yun uses digitally projected backdrops. Performers appear to enter and emerge from the screen. “With state-of-the-art graphics technology, Shen Yun’s digital-backdrop team creates vividly animated settings, extending the stage and transporting the audience to a world where heaven and earth are one. The backdrops are magical windows to completely different realms,” according to the website.
The closing performance evoked thunderous applause, cheers, whistles, and a standing ovation. Mr. Bouchy and his children stood and applauded with the rest of the audience.
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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