INDIANAPOLIS—Both Alan and Susan Cloe promote the arts in Indianapolis and both truly enjoyed Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University. They saw the Feb. 5 performance.
New York-based Shen Yun aims to revive 5,000 years of divinely inspired civilization, by bringing traditional Chinese music and dance to the world.
“I think it’s very beautiful,” said Mr. Cloe, executive vice president for WFYI Indianapolis Public Television, in the programs division.
“We were just saying how we liked the way the dancers interact with going in and out of the animation on the screen,” he said.
Shen Yun specializes in digitally animated backdrops. “The backdrops are magical windows to completely different realms. From vast open grasslands in one dance to the stately elegance of Tang Dynasty pavilions in another; from dusty yellow battlegrounds to tropical beaches to Himalayan peaks to picturesque scenery of the Yellow River Delta,” the website states.
The animation allows figures onscreen to seemingly come to life when dancers take over their roles.
Mrs. Cloe, a docent at the Museum of Art, loved the handmade costumes: “The costumes here are the most beautiful,” she said. The couple had seen Chinese performances in the past but want to see something more traditional.
She also enjoyed the femininity the woman expressed through dance: “I liked the women. The women are beautiful. They’re just so feminine and their movements on the stage are just like they’re floating. The way they walk is extremely interesting, and beautiful.”
Reporting by Stacey Tang and Sharon Kilarski.
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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