LOS ANGELES—“It’s terrific,” Marvin Shapiro said after attending another sold-out performance of Shen Yun Touring Company at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Jan. 26. Mr. Shapiro not only serves on the board of directors for the LA Opera, but is a volunteer lawyer for the Opera, as well.
Costumes are designed for Shen Yun performances with the goal of stressing harmonic balance and contrast. “Their objective is an authentic presentation of the attire that comes from China’s divinely inspired traditional culture, and a consummate stage effect,” according to Shen Yun’s website.
Mr. Shapiro was impressed by the performance, “Very much, very much. It’s terrific. The costumes, the dancing, the ability to defy gravity is amazing!”
“Classical Chinese dance is composed of three main parts: bearing, form and technical skill. It also entails systematic training movements and postures, as well as very difficult jumping and tumbling techniques,” highlights the website.
Although he’s been involved with the LA Opera through the years, he found Shen Yun special. “Well, it’s totally different. I like the dancing, where [Shen Yun] performers leap into the air and their legs are parallel to the ground, and they attain great heights. It’s very impressive.”
Mr. Shapiro said he would tell his friends, “It’s marvelous, and they would enjoy being here.”
He stressed that if they don’t come, “they’re missing something.”
Reporting by Jana Li and Cheryl Casati.
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will perform in 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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