COSTA MESA, Calif.—”Oh, it’s a great show,” said Lorena Joya, who attended Shen Yun Performing Arts Jan. 20 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
Ms. Joya, a local property manager, and Ray Grabiec, owner of an oil company, were among the many delighted audience members Segerstrom Center for the Arts this beautiful and warm holiday weekend.
The mission of New York based Shen Yun is to restore the authentic divinely-inspired culture. It depicts various ethnic groups and dynasties spanning its rich 5,000 year history. China’s rich culture is transmitted through classical Chinese dance and music.
The salient quality that stood out to Ms. Joya was the vivid, brilliant color of the ornate, handmade costumes and the high-tech animated backdrop.
Mr. Grabiec agreed, adding, “I just love the colors, and, oh wow, the [dancers] were incredible.” He was specifically referring to the many aerial movements, leaps and tumbling techniques he saw.
According to the Shen Yun website, “Classical Chinese dance is composed of three main parts: bearing, form, and technical skill. Other than complete training in the fundamentals, it also entails systematic training in movements and postures, as well as very difficult jumping and tumbling techniques. And so, alongside ballet, classical Chinese dance is one of the most comprehensive dance systems in the world.”
Mr. Grabiec also described the intricate hand movements and the gestures as ‘magical.’ These well coordinated hand movements are part of what is referred to as ‘form.’
“I liked the Phoenix Fairies,” stated Mr. Grabiec. “The movements that the women were doing, and the colors. It’s just fantastic.”
“Other than the magical colors and the movements, they’re so precise, and the coordination with all the dancers is just amazing,” observed Mr. Grabiec.
The overall experience of Shen Yun was both uplifting and calming.
“I feel more exuberant about life,” acknowledged Mr. Grabiec.
Ms. Joya, who expressed a deep feeling of serenity and peace while watching the show, declared enthusiastically that she recommends this show to family and friends.
Mr. Grabiec added, “Oh, definitely, sure, anyone just for an unusual experience.”
Reporting by Albert Roman and Masha Savitz.
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will perform in Thousand Oaks at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Jan. 22 and 23, and downtown 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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