DALLAS—Audience members traveled far and wide to see the sold-out Shen Yun Performing Arts show at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas on Jan. 2.
“I travel a lot with my work, and I have seen you selling the program in various cities and countries that I’ve been to, and I’ve been wanting to go, but every time, I’m leaving before the show starts so I haven’t been able to,” said Mrs. Nancy Arnold, a technical instructor.
“So here I am, and I’m delighted, absolutely delighted to be here. And it’s everything I expected, it’s just beautiful,” she said. She got the tickets as her Christmas gift to herself.
Mrs. Arnold, who used to be involved in theater and pageantry, enjoyed the wide variety of elements in the New York-based company’s production. Classical Chinese dance, bel canto-style solo vocalists, and a stunning backdrop grace the stage as the Shen Yun Orchestra accompanies with a unique blend of East and West.
“I love the way that they incorporate the [backdrop] and bring it right down into [the scene],” Mrs. Arnold said. “You’ve got the characters floating off … then coming right back.”
Shen Yun’s digital, animated backdrop allows performers to appear on screen one moment and on stage the next. With the use of technology, Shen Yun’s designers transport the audience into a world of vivid scenery, where heaven and earth are one.
“That’s absolutely amazing when they just pop up, and it’s like ‘Oh!’ The first time they did it, it was like ‘Oh, where did you come from?’ And I loved it. I absolutely loved it,” she said.
‘I was just blown away’
Also in the audience was professor Vincent Curtis Hunter, who was visiting from Connecticut.
“I was just blown away by it,” Mr. Hunter said. “The color, the movements themselves—and it’s a direct hit, it’s not analytic. I can’t articulate why it’s hitting the buttons the way it does, but it hits the buttons, it moves you.”
“I was in tears twice during the first part,” Mr. Hunter said. “It just rattles you.”
Mr. Hunter said he was particularly interested in the spiritual aspect of traditional Chinese culture, which is said to be “divinely inspired,” as depicted in the opening of the performance.
Mr. Hunter said he was moved by the fact that so many people across 5,000 years and countless groups throughout the history of China “all discovered the transcendent in some way. They all quested for connection to divinity. …This is theology encapsulated.”
“[It] is fundamental. It’s wonderful,” Mr. Hunter said.
Reporting by NTD Television and Catherine Yang.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s International Company will be performing in Dallas through Jan. 3. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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