HOUSTON—Teresa Hoang, president of the Vietnamese Community in Houston & Vicinities, attended Shen Yun Performing Arts at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts on Jan. 1.
“I am really enjoying it,” she said. “This was a New Years’ Day gift—there is a group of 10 of us,” Mrs. Hoang said.
Based in New York, Shen Yun presents 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture through classical Chinese music and dance.
In a collection of short pieces, audiences travel from the Himalayas to tropical lake-filled regions; from the legends of the culture’s creation over 5,000 years ago through modern China today, according to Shen Yun’s website. “I get to see a lot of Chinese culture; from Tibet to Mongolia—it is really interesting,” Mrs. Hoang said.
Mrs. Hoang experienced classical Chinese dance for the first time at Shen Yun. “It is something I’m seeing for the first time,” she said. Classical Chinese dance, according to Shen Yun’s website, “has become a complete system of dance embodying traditional aesthetic principles with its unique dance movements, rhythms, and inner meaning.”
The Shen Yun Orchestra especially moved Mrs. Hoang. “The orchestra is wonderful. Very classical Chinese with combination [of Western music],” she said.
The animated digital backdrop made the performance “really realistic,” Mrs. Hoang said. “Projected behind the dancers, the hi-tech images lift the stage and set it amidst blossoming landscapes, deep forests, Mongolian prairies, or celestial paradises,” according to Shen Yun’s website.
Mrs. Hoang said she was intrigued by the vocal music. “The songs are very interesting,” Mrs. Hoang said. “They are thought provoking.”
Reporting by NTD Television and Kelly Ni.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s International Company will be performing in Dallas Jan. 2-3. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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