ESCONDIDO, Calif.—Warren Kelly, a senior consultant for Hewlett-Packard, brought in the New Year by treating his wife to Shen Yun’s last performance at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. “I love it, I love it,” he said of the show.
“This is very, very beautiful and very, very delicate, and it’s a wonderful combination of the costumes and color,” said Mr. Kelly.
Shen Yun is famous for its intricate and colorful costumes, which the Shen Yun website describes: “Every costume in a Shen Yun performance is presented with brilliant colors, displaying a splendid spectacle—from the Tang Dynasty’s ‘Raiment of Rainbows and Feathers’ to imperial dragon robes, phoenix coronets, and cloud capes, from the civil official’s headdress and robes to the warrior’s helmet and armor, and from the traditional rightward cross-collared Han clothing to the ethnic attire of the Manchurian, Tibetan, Dai, Mongol, and Uyghur ethnic groups.”
With classical Chinese dance and ethnic and folk dances performed with the accompaniment of a live orchestra, and solo vocalists—Shen Yun draws from the wealth of stories and legends passed down throughout China.
“It’s very interesting to see the different—within Chinese culture—the different cultures, the different time periods, the different eras,” said Mr. Kelly.
“I love the Mongolian bowl dancing, where they had to not only dance, but not drop the bowl from their head,” he said, about one of the pieces, featuring a Mongolian ethnic dance. “And still their dancing was very elaborate.”
He also noted how the readily the dances were able to convey different stories.
“Also, it’s interesting to watch the theatrical aspect, how they can tell a story,” he said.
With “just music playing, they can tell the story with their postures, with the people coming on and just very minimal props, but all through dance, and you can follow the story even though no one is speaking a language to it—just the language of music and dance.”
Shen Yun seeks to revive China’s 5,000-year-old culture and traditions through performing arts and music and to reach the entire world and transcend the barrier of language.
Reporting by Sally Sun.
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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