OGDEN, Utah—Lynn Fairbanks introduced himself as a retired businessman who sold gold and diamonds, beauty and kindness. Knowing something about beauty, he said he defines Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company’s performance as beautiful and gorgeous.
“It is a gorgeous show!” Mr. Fairbanks said. “The choreography and the colors of their costumes, that’s beautiful to me.”
He said the countenances and expressions of the dancers, “the radiance of the performer, how they love to do what they were doing” was a third key element of the beauty.
He said the expressions might have been the most beautiful aspect of all, and that he regretted he had left his binoculars at home. He wished he could have seen their expressions more clearly.
The Shen Yun performers are known for loving what they do. “In 2006, a group of leading classical Chinese artists came together in New York with one wish: to revive the true, divinely inspired culture of China and share it with the world,” states the Shen Yun website.
In only a few years, Shen Yun has become the premier classical Chinese dance and music company in the world.
Mr. Fairbanks saw the Shen Yun performance at the Val A. Browning Center on March 14 with his wife of sixty years, Carol Fairbanks, mother of their six children, and with Jerelynn Fisher, a real estate developer and manager.
Ms. Fisher, a textile artist who has traveled to Beijing, said, “The show was marvelous. We want to go home and design some beautiful clothes like theirs. The colors, the mixture of colors, and the types of materials … a lot of silk maybe, gorgeous, really gorgeous.”
Mr. Fairbanks said, “Yes, the colors and the materials. Love it, love them.”
“The backdrop set the scene. I loved that too, definitely,” said Mr. Fairbanks. “The music drew it all together. Everything was just right.
Mr. Fairbanks gallantly defined beauty by gesturing to Mrs. Fairbanks.
“Look, look at this (indicating his wife), we’ve been married for 60 years, she is the most beautiful.”
He further explained: “She brightens my day, every day.”
“That’s love,” said Ms. Fisher.
Reporting by Youzhi Ma and Cat Rooney
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company is scheduled to perform at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas, March 15–17. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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