SAN DIEGO—”Superb, very superb. I really love where they come down off the screen and appear live,” said retired police chief Ken Ahacic, who watched Shen Yun Performing Arts at the San Diego Civic Theatre on Dec. 27.
Mr. Ahacic, who attended the performance with Cheri Carroll, was referring to the digital, animated projections that frame and surround each story in the performance. The backdrops extend the stage and have the effect of creating an authentic, historical scene for the audience to witness.
Shen Yun is a New York-based dance and music company with the mission of restoring and reviving 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture. Shen Yun travels the world, and each performance includes a collection of short pieces highlighting the beauty of Chinese culture in vivid detail.
Many audience members comment on the colors when they watch Shen Yun. Mr. Ahacic said: “I love it. I love the brightness. The color, the costumes—are superb. Very good; very nice. Very enjoyable.”
Classical Chinese dance is one of the most comprehensive dance systems in the world, and the couple both enjoyed Shen Yun’s dancers.
“We’re impressed by the smooth perfection of the dancing,” said Ms. Carroll.
They also enjoyed the Shen Yun Orchestra, which uses a Western philharmonic as its foundation, while traditional Chinese instruments such as the pipa, erhu, dizi, and suona, lead the melodies.
‘Love the dancing’
Bob Salkin, an investor and former CEO, was also among the audience members.
He enjoyed many aspects of Shen Yun, especially the dancing. He said he enjoys Chinese culture.
“For me, this is a lot of fun. Its very colorful. The music is beautiful, but I think most of all I love the dancing. I like the way they break it up into sequences. You know small sequences with the speakers. Very well done! Very well done!”
Reporting by Sally Sun and Albert Roman
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will be heading to Escondido for performances at the California Center for the Arts from Dec. 28 to 31.
New York-based Shen Yun has three companies that tour the world each year on a mission to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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