HOUSTON—“I think it’s phenomenal,” Mr. Jose Ramirez said of Shen Yun Performing Arts’ performance in Houston at the Jones Hall for Performing Arts on Dec. 27.
Mr. Ramirez attended the show with his wife of 40 years for their wedding anniversary, and thoroughly enjoyed the performance.
Mr. Ramirez and his wife, Mrs. Magdalena Ramirez, both participate in many health advocacy organizations in Houston. Mr. Ramirez has given presentations to thousands in countries around the world and has been honored for his advocacy work on behalf of those with disabilities.
“We’ve been to China, many years ago, and we also want to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary with something special,” Mr. Ramirez said.
Five-thousand years of the divinely-inspired Chinese culture is brought to life on stage by the New York-based company through traditional art forms. Bel canto style solo vocalists, classical Chinese dance, ethnic and folk dances, and a unique blend of Western and Eastern instruments come together to tell stories from every corner of China.
“We enjoyed it thoroughly. I liked the color, I liked the symbolism, the message that is being delivered,” Mr. Ramirez said.
Traditional Chinese culture is a spiritual one; principles such as benevolence and justice, propriety and wisdom, and respect for the heavens are imbued in the art forms, according to Shen Yun’s website. From the animated backdrops to the dancers’ colorful costumes, Shen Yun’s designers are careful to craft every detail to reflect China’s rich history and culture.
Mr. Ramirez added that he enjoyed the orchestra, which combines Chinese instruments like the suona, woodwind and two-stringed erhu with a Western classical orchestra for a unique sound.
“The orchestra is in sync with the dancers,” Mr. Ramirez added. “I’ve never seen so many moves.”
In addition to classical Chinese dance, the ethnic and folk dances from the land of Dali, home of the Bai people, to the snow-capped Himalayas, highlight the diversity of China.
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 International Company will be performing in Houston through Jan. 1. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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