HOUSTON—“I hope everybody comes to see it,” Mr. Brian Desjardins said of Shen Yun Performing Arts during the intermission of the Dec. 27 matinee at the Jones Hall for Performing Arts in Houston.
“I think it’s a fantastic show so far. This company is certainly to be congratulated. It’s an outstanding performance,” said Mr. Desjardins, executive director of a non-profit in Houston.
“I’m just impressed with the choreography. Everyone seems to enjoy each other’s company. They work very well together,” Mr. Desjardins said.
The New York-based company performs classical Chinese dance and ethnic and folk dances. Many of the dances depicting the different ethnicities are welcoming and celebratory, as in A Joyful Harvest, a northeastern folk dance celebrating a bountiful harvest, and Mongolian Bowl Dance, in which female dancers balance bowls on their heads to greet their guests.
This company is certainly to be congratulated.
—Mr. Brian Desjardins
“The dancers are outstanding. I’m sure they’re some of the best dancers in the world,” Mr. Desjardins said.
China has at least 55 ethnic minorities. Distinct differences in region, climate, and cultural beliefs make their way into each ethnicity’s dance style, according to Shen Yun’s website. Classical Chinese dance has its intricacies as well, being the most comprehensive of dance systems. Shen Yun dancers train in technique, form and bearing, putting emphasis on the inner spirit of each pose. Classical Chinese dance is endowed with great expressive and creative potential with its blend of many elements, according to the website.
“I highly recommend everyone in Houston and in the U.S. to visit the show,” Mr. Desjardins said.
With reporting by NTD Television and Catherine Yang.
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 Houston through January 1. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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