COLUMBUS, Ohio—“They make it look so effortless. Anyone who does something effortlessly, then you know it’s probably very difficult, therefore excellent,” said Rohini Mulchandani, retired senior scientist with Abbott Laboratories, about Shen Yun Performing Arts.
Ms. Mulchandani, also a world traveler and nutritionist who is running her own company, saw the performance at the Ohio Theatre with her friend Sunita Ruparel, owner of Sunita Travel, which specializes in trips to India. The pair, seeing Shen Yun for the second time, attended the Saturday evening, Feb. 9 performance.
“Beautiful, loved the costumes, loved the music,” said Ms. Mulchandani of New York-based Shen Yun, a company that aims to revive 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture.
For millennia, “divine culture blossomed in the land of China. Humanity’s treasure was nearly lost, but through captivating music and dance, Shen Yun is bringing this divine culture back to life,” according to the company’s website.
Ms. Mulchandani is originally from India, has traveled to China and beyond, “I have been to all seven continents.” She loves cultural experiences.
“I go to a lot of cultural things from all over the world, so it’s just something that I enjoy doing and my friend also does,” she said.
Both ladies thought Shen Yun, specializing in classical Chinese dance, excellent.
“It’s just outstanding. Everything was just wonderful: the costumes, the dances and the choreography. Everything was just amazing. Ms. Ruparel said. “I would like to see it again.”
“You lose yourself. For two hours, you are in another world,” said Ms. Mulchandani
“Just the way it is done—it’s beautifully, it’s elegantly. They are all elegant dancers. Like it’s an appearance; it’s beautifully done, smooth, seamless, and … it’s already over. So, the two hours went by so fast,” Ms. Mulchandani explained.
“I was awed. Oh, my God, I just kept thinking—especially the back drops,” Ms. Ruparel said.
“With state-of-the-art graphics technology, Shen Yun’s digital-backdrop team creates vividly animated settings, extending the stage and transporting the audience to a world where heaven and earth are one,” states Shen Yun’s website.
“That brings me to a point,” Ms. Mulchandani said. “I really enjoyed … the graphics where they kind of vanish to the sky and they emerge from the water. I thought that was clever. I’ve never seen anything like that done before, so to me that caught my attention this time.
“I thought it was the outstanding feature of tonight’s performance, … you couldn’t tell what was real and what was not real, it was done so well. That was truly seamless,” Ms. Mulchandani said.
Reporting by Valerie Avore 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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