SAN DIEGO—Shen Yun Performing Arts received a warm welcome from patrons at the San Diego Civic Theater on Dec. 26. At the heart of a Shen Yun performance is classical Chinese dance, which is one of the most comprehensive and hardest dance systems to master in the world.
Enjoying the performance were lifeguard Stephanie Crane and her mother, Jill, a retired nurse.
Ms. Crane said she loved how the dancers were fluid and synchronized.
According to the Shen Yun website, the New York-based company is leading a renaissance of traditional Chinese culture through story-based classical Chinese dance and ethnic and folk dance that aims to capture the essence of the traditional culture.
Stephanie’s mother was also impressed with the aesthetics of Shen Yun.
She said excitedly: “I absolutely loved it; everything about it. I love the music, the dancing, the choreography, the skills of the dancers, the costumes, the backdrops. I love how everything is coordinated together and that you are seeing a story, and such talent.”
Shen Yun’s digitally mastered backdrops beautifully depict heaven and earth and come alive with a sensation of oneness that enhances the storytelling. They complement and synchronize all aspects of the show, including the characters, colors of the costumes, and the dance movements.
Jill said she loved how everything was coordinated together. “I think everything is very intriguingly coordinated together and everything complements each segment of [the performance]. It is just a total impact. It is very stimulating. I love it!”
Ms. Crane encourages everybody to see Shen Yun. “You definitely have to come. It’s absolutely beautiful, breathtaking,” she said.
Formed in 2006 in New York, the company consists of the world’s top overseas Chinese performing artists, who seek to revive traditional Chinese culture and its art forms.
Ron Lewis, a hairdresser, was equally captivated by Shen Yun. “The choreography is fantastic—absolutely—and the costumes. It’s just to perfection, just unbelievable. I’m very impressed. The music, the scenery, the stories, and the interpretation. It’s very calming and it has a good feel,” said Mr. Lewis.
Reporting by NTD Television and Albert Roman.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world with a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. The Shen Yun Touring Company will perform at San Diego Civic Center on Dec. 27 for one more show before moving north to Escondido to perform 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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