MILWAUKEE—“The dancers were so delicate and elegant. It was every move,” said Arpik Weitzer about the Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company performance. “I was watching each performer, and every one of them was perfect. So it was very good.”
Mrs. Weitzer attended with her husband, Joe Weitzer, the Jan. 20 sold out evening performance of Shen Yun at the Milwaukee Theatre.
Mr. Weitzer is the dean of Waukesha County Technical College Center for Business Performance Solutions,which directly works with the business community. Mrs. Weitzer is owner of Arpik Arts and Design, specializing in watercolor paintings and stain glass window making for churches, businesses, and homes.
New York-based Shen Yun began in 2006 from a group of artist from around the world with a desire to revitalize a lost treasure—5,000 years of divinely inspired civilization through dance, music, and song.
Mr. Weitzer’s very first reaction to the Shen Yun performance: “Wow! Pretty good. Spectacular.” Mrs. Weitzer chimes in with “It was a wow!”
Shen Yun is not only known for its dance; it is known for its music which combines Western and Eastern instruments, and the outstanding use of color in the performers’ handmade costumes and the digital backdrops.
“I really loved the colors,” said Mr. Weitzer.
Mrs. Weitzer found the costumes amazing as well as the color.
“The dancers had lots of expression and told a really good story while they were dancing,” said Mr. Weitzer. “So, without words [I] could really understand … the feelings and the sense of what was being conveyed.
“Reviving 5,000 years of civilization through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture,” according to the company’s website.
Shen Yun is the premier classical Chinese dance company in the world. It uses classical Chinese dance primarily, but also traditional folk and ethnic dance, passed from various regions and eras of China to tell the stories about this ancient traditional culture.
The Weitzers experienced the universality of music and dance across cultures. “I have … more of an appreciation [of the culture]. You know it’s hard to understand the culture from just seeing a performance, but you can certainly understand the similarities of culture. Like how important dance and music is to a culture and to [its] expression,” Mr. Weitzer said.
Mrs. Weitzer agreed. She could also see similarities with dance from her homeland. “I actually see a similarity in the movements with dancing in different cultures. I am Armenian. I recognize so many moves … we use the hands and gestures [too].”
Reporting by Sound of Hope Radio Network and Cat Rooney.
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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