BUENOS AIRES—Mrs. Victoria Colosio says her profession is “love for life.”
The choreographer and expert on the tango, after experiencing Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Teatro Ópera Citi, said the performance was “overwhelming.”
What was transmitted by Shen Yun, said Mrs. Colosio, was “spectacular, overwhelming.”
“One cannot even think nor reach the value of such a showcase of beauty, of strength,” she added. “But above all, what is interesting is the poetry that joins truthfulness and courage. That manifests in its simple way when they tell stories with those simple gestures, humble but full of love.
The mission of New York-based Shen Yun is to revive 5,000 years old divinely inspired Chinese culture after more than 60 years of communist rule in China nearly demolished it, according to its website.
The company is formed with a core of classical Chinese dance—an art form with roots thousands of years old—yet is accentuated by handcrafted costumes, digital backdrops, tenors and sopranos, and an orchestra that combines both classical Western and traditional Chinese instruments.
“Here music unites the arts, the singing, and the varied orchestra,” said Mrs. Colosio.
Imbued in Chinese culture are values such as benevolence, honor, and sincerity, “as well as a reverence for the gods and the heavens,” according to the company’s website.
Mrs. Colosio found parts of Shen Yun’s performance far reaching.
“What I liked the most is that expression in the poetry of those who sing that reaches out beyond,” she said. “The reincarnation and the power is in other places of the universe. I love that—we are so little, very interesting.”
One is moved by the opportunity to enjoy such a genuine, authentic [performance], full of love and truth.
Overall Shen Yun was hard to describe with words, said Mrs. Colosio. “One is moved by the opportunity to enjoy such a genuine, authentic [performance], full of love and truth.”
Students of Mrs. Colosio, a dance professor, picked her up and brought her to the performance. She is almost 85 years old.
Though words fail to encapsulate Shen Yun, Mrs. Colosio will try to use some when telling her friends they must come see the performance.
“For example: splendid, wonderful, you have a moment of harmony and beauty,” she said. “Try to go—it’ll give you joy and a lot of truth, above all.”
Reporting by Miguel Diaz and Louise McCoy.
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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