BUENOS AIRES—After Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company gave its second performance on Saturday night, it left audience members wanting more.
Maria Del Valle Guerra, a television reporter who saw the performance at the Teatro Ópera Citi, lauded Shen Yun’s depiction of cultures throughout China.
“It has many scenes with folk dances from northern and southern China,” she said. According to the company’s website, there are some 55 officially recognized ethnic minorities in China—some of which are depicted during Shen Yun, including Tibetan and Mongolian dances.
The performance, which Ms. Guerra described as excellent and great, is able to cover “the whole country” in its depictions of China’s various ethnicities, she said.
In order to include such dances, Shen Yun’s performers have to train in classical Chinese dance, a complete style that has a history of thousands of years, according to its website. The dance is able to “bring out the inner meaning of intrinsic thoughts and feelings, reflecting the peculiarities of human nature, the standard for human conduct, moral concepts, mental state, [and] one’s value system,” it says.
And each dance goes in tandem with an innovative orchestra that joins together Western orchestra fundamentals and Chinese instrumentation.
While watching the performance—which mainly features stories and legends passed down from ancient China—Ms. Guerra said she felt “inner peace.”
The performance “makes you reflect [on yourself] and lifts you up—all the time you are elevating,” she said. “There are scenes where you really breathe … tranquility,” she added.
Ms. Guerra also noted the degree of difficulty in performing classical Chinese dance, which according to Shen Yun’s website, entails difficult jumping and tumbling moves.
“The dances reflect their [way] in life … transmitting peace and harmony,” she said.
With reporting by Natalia Rodriguez and Jack Phillips.
New York-based Shen Yun has three companies that tour the world each year on a mission to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture.
For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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