KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—Mr. Konrad Sowinski, a lifelong artist and an architect, treated his stepdaughter, Mrs. Victoria Caldwell, to an evening with Shen Yun at the Tennessee Theater on Feb. 12. Smiling and gesturing, with a very upright posture, the 75-year-old gentleman said, “Because I was wrestling many years with sculpture, this is so great for me. It’s like a sculpture in movement.”
To the cultured eyes of Mr. Sowinski, the dancers created sculptures. The choreography of Chinese classical and ethnic dance “is rich with expressive power. Through expression of bearing and form, beautiful dance movements bring out the inner meaning of intrinsic thoughts and feelings, reflecting the peculiarities of human nature, the standard for human conduct, moral concepts, mental state, one’s value system, and so on,” states the Shen Yun website.
When he was a boy in Poland, Mr. Sowinski did Russian dance, “the Cossack dance, a kind of folk dance.” He saw some gestures and movements in the male dances in Shen Yun that must have influenced Russian, Turkish, and Greek folk dance, in his opinion.
Seeing the Eastern folk dance movements in Shen Yun invigorated him, especially the Tibetan Dancing for the Gods, he said.
After seeing that dance, “This is something very emotional. Right now … I’m feeling 65 years younger.”
It was a deep response, more than nostalgia for his boyhood. “I saw and I already cried. This is something that is very profound,” said Mr. Sowinski.
Mrs. Caldwell said the performance was “very beautiful, I love the imagery, very colorful.”
Her stepfather not only designs buildings. He also sculpts, paints, and designs and builds things, according to Mrs. Caldwell.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun will give four shows in Nashville from Feb. 15-17. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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