CINCINNATI–Shen Yun Performing Arts concluded its final performance at the Aronoff Center for the Arts on Friday, captivating the hearts of many.
“I thought it was breathtaking, just breathtaking,’ said author Peter Block, “The precision and the cooperation it was just so precise, beautiful.”
In addition to having several books under his belt, Mr. Block serves on the boards of Elementz, a hip hop center for urban youth; Cincinnati Public Radio; and LivePerson.
According to Shen Yun website, “Shen Yun brings to life 5,000 years of traditional divinely inspired culture through classical Chinese dance and music that weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends and heroic modern-day epics.”
“It’s elegant, it’s mythic, very mythical and filled with emperors and the triumph of the human spirit,” said Mr. Block.
Each year New York-based Shen Yun is presented in many countries and 100 cities all over the world to sold out performances with millions of attendees.
“Shen Yun dances recount ancient myths, bygone heroes, or celestial paradises,” states the company’s website. “Whether set in the past or in contemporary China, every dance embodies traditional Chinese values. Ideals of loyalty, filial piety, and veneration for the divine are cherished and celebrated.”
“It’s an argument for the aesthetics part of life and for freedom and freedom of expression, in which I think this show is trying to create an alternative [to] the current China.”
To help revive the culture, Shen Yun uses classical Chinese dance so it has its own set of training methods in basic skills and has strict training in both physical expression and specific postures.
“The beauty and grace of the dancers is just spectacular,” said Mr. Block
Social psychologist Kathy Kramer agreed and said, “I thought it was a very interesting mix of kind of the ethnic dancing and very classical” dancing.
“The cooperation of the dancers with each other seems different than Western ballet where there’s more of an emphasis on solo dancers. This seems like everybody was more an ensemble.”
Mr. Block also commented on the backdrop animation screen used in Shen Yun, “It made it very engaging so that you never got bored. It created energy and the way it flowed from the technology to the stage, it’s just brilliant.”
Reporting by Charlie Lu and Benjamin Chasteen.
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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