NASHVILLE, Tenn.—With the a world of rich Chinese culture just an alley away from here, there was no way Carol Butterworth was going to miss Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Tennessee Performing Arts theater in Nashville, Tenn.
“I was always interested in the Asian culture and I had to come see this,” said Ms. Butterworth at the Feb. 16 matinee, where she attended with Ms. Karen Rodriguez. “I just love it, it’s beautiful. The colors are unbelievable,” Ms. Butterworth said.
Ms. Rodriguez, a photographer, thought the New York-based artists were “phenomenal.”
“I think it’s fabulous, I really do. I think the colors are amazing,” she said.
Shen Yun features detailed costumes in every dance, drawing from traditional dress from the various dynasties, regions, and cultures of China.
Ms. Rodriguez was fascinated by the mix of cultures she saw from the different minority groups of China, and the similarities to neighboring cultures.
“It’s amazing how we all influence each other, even though we’re half a world away,” Ms. Rodriguez said. “It’s just amazing.”
A digital backdrop helps set the scene, whether it’s a heavenly palace, the snowcapped Himalayas, or the lush valleys of northeastern China.
“It’s fantastic, it’s absolutely wonderful. I didn’t expect that at all,” Ms. Rodriguez said.
Reporting by Mary Silver and Catherine Yang.
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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