ESCONDIDO, Calif.—New York Times best-selling author Robert Allen made it out to Shen Yun Performing Arts’ performance at Escondido’s California Center for the Arts on Saturday, Dec. 29, with his wife.
After hearing about the show, he told himself, “I’ve got to go.”
It was a decision he apparently did not regret.
“It was fantastic,” he said, of the show. “So organized, so perfect. Perfect.”
Mr. Allen is a renowned financial adviser and author of several books—including a number-one national bestseller that spent over a year on the New York Times best-seller list.
Shen Yun seeks to revive China’s 5,000-year-old culture, using the best of the art forms that have developed through the centuries: classical Chinese dance and music. Tales of history and mythology come to life on stage through ornate and carefully crafted costumes, illustrated by a rich digital backdrop.
“I liked the different stories from different regions of China. The Tibet region and the Mongolian region,” said Mr. Allen. “We here in America, we just don’t realize how massive the country of China is. So this is good.”
But it was more than just the stories that enchanted Mr. Allen.
“I loved the colors, the different layers of colors. They are just spectacular,” he said.
Shen Yun’s website explains the costumes: “Every costume in a Shen Yun performance is presented with brilliant colors, displaying a splendid spectacle—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.”
Mr. Allen was clearly impressed.
“It’s perfect. It’s gorgeous. It’s magnificent,” he said.
Reporting by NTD Television and Ben Bendig.
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will be in Escondido for performances at the California Center for the Arts through Dec. 31.
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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