HOUSTON—“It was a feast for the eyes,” said sculptor Ms. Mandrell of the Shen Yun Performing Arts’ dancers’ costumes at the Jones Hall for Performing Arts Sunday night in Houston.
“It was wonderful, mesmerizing, I would say,” Ms. Mandrell said of the artistry of the production. “I think it’s really hard to cram 5,000 years in two hours.”
Established in New York in 2006, Shen Yun’s mission has been to revive 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture, according to its website.
Ms. Mandrell attended the performance with Ms. Taryn Mandrell who said she’d long had an interest in Chinese history in culture. “The dancing and cinematography is unbelievable,” Ms. Taryn Mandrell said. She is a product manager with a high tech company.
The artistic quality and the educational side, including the history in the performance, both impressed her. “I think it’s beautiful, I think it’s very historical, Ms. Taryn Mandrell said.
She felt that the stories, dances, visual imagery, orchestral music and song all worked together “to show what the culture’s been through and what they’re trying to make of it,” Ms. Taryn Mandrell said.
“After more than 60 years of Communist rule in China, and especially after the Cultural Revolution, Chinese traditional culture has been all but completely demolished,” according to Shen Yun’s mission statement. “However, the deeper spiritual core of the ancient culture, with its values of benevolence, honor, propriety, wisdom, and sincerity, as well as a reverence for the gods and the heavens, cannot be destroyed.”
The stories told through traditional art forms like classical Chinese dance by Shen Yun tell of these ancient principles from the origin of China’s civilization to China today.
“It’s very true to form for me, and what they’re fighting against, and what their hopes and dreams are,” Ms. Taryn Mandrell said.
Reporting by Catherine Yang.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s International Company will be performing in Houston through January 1. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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