RALEIGH, N.C.—Ardie Gregory manages radio station WRAL FM 105, and her husband Ron Gregory is in the music business. They attended the Shen Yun Performing Arts matinee performance on Jan. 20.
“It’s lovely, it’s really different from anything I’ve seen before,” said Mrs. Gregory. “It’s really very nice.”
The couple both said the artists’ skill was extraordinary.
“It’s fantastic; the precision is just amazing,” said Mr. Gregory.
Mrs. Gregory noticed the beauty of the costumes and how silently the dancers landed.
“You never hear them touch the floor,” he said.
Mr. Gregory also found the dancer’s landings remarkable. “That’s amazing; it’s like perfectly silent, yet these people are doing these amazing jumps and leaps. Pretty spectacular.”
According to the Shen Yun website, “Classical Chinese dance is composed of three main parts: bearing, form, and technical skill. Other than complete training in the fundamentals, it also entails systematic training in movements and postures, as well as very difficult jumping and tumbling techniques.”
The high level of dance makes the system one of the most comprehensive in the world.
Mrs. Gregory found the digitally projected backdrops interesting and creative. She said, “I’ve never seen anything like that; it’s really interesting the way it fades in and out of the animation and into the stage.”
“The backdrops are as grand as they are intricate,” according to Shen Yun’s website. “So remarkably true-to-life, they allow you to forget where you are, and journey to another place and time.”
Mr. Gregory said he enjoyed the projection, adding it expands the stage.
He was glad to hear a the Shen Yun Orchestra, which combines classical Western and traditional Chinese instruments.
“The music’s fabulous, the dancing’s fabulous,” he said. “Don’t know what else you can ask for.”
Reporting by Mary Silver.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s International Company will visit Kansas Jan. 22 and Jan. 23 next. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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