WORCESTER, Mass.—Garden designer and landscaper Diana Manning was completely blown away by Shen Yun Performing Arts at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts on Feb. 6.
Shen Yun is based in New York and brings to life 5,000 years of tradiontional Chinese culture through classical Chinese dance and a synthesis of Eastern and Western orchestral music.
Mrs. Manning was blown away by the costumes and found them a “visual delight.”
“They’re spectacular,” she said. “But the culture! The women are so graceful and the men are so proud. Really—through the dance, it’s able to take you there and make you feel like you’re watching the history unfold in front of you.”
She has a website called My Yard Rocks for people who love being outdoors, spend time in their yards, and create outdoor spaces. She also has a passion for rocks and stones and calls what she does stonescaping.
She said she was definitely inspired by Shen Yun.
“Especially when people come flying down and they come out of the back of the stage—I love that,” she said, refering to the digital backdrops.
Shen Yun’s website says the backdrops are magical windows to completely different realms glimpsed from 5,000 years of Chinese history.
“These spectacular landscapes truly reflect China’s multifaceted geography, society, regions, and dynasties,” the website says. “Some scenes even transcend this world, entering a heavenly palace where fairies dance amidst mystical clouds or peering into the solemn majesty of a Buddhist paradise.”
Mrs. Manning felt inspired, “Yes, definitely, definitely … yes, definitely, I got inspiration from that!”
Reporting by Tim Pi and Kelly Ni.
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