LOS ANGELES—A father and son had a gratifying time watching Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Jan. 27.
“I loved it—it was beautiful, absolutely fantastic,” said Dennis Bales, a consultant at Ringler Associates. “The costumes were so gorgeous, the dancing was so spectacular, and the music was wonderful.”
Shen Yun crisscrosses the globe, purveying the 5,000-year-old, divinely inspired Chinese culture, after it was nearly destroyed by the ruling communist regime.
“Sophisticated dance techniques, an orchestra joining instruments East and West, beautiful costumes, and a stunning back drop—this is Shen Yun at first glance,” according to Shen Yun’s website.
“But digging deeper, one discovers a sea of traditional Chinese culture. Mortals and divine beings merge on stage as one. Principles such as benevolence and justice, propriety and wisdom, respect for the heavens, and divine retribution, all come to life, washing over the audience. Originating from Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism, these ideals are the essence of traditional Chinese culture.”
Mr. Bales’ father, Dennis Bales Sr., attended the performance, as well.
“I loved it—I love the music, love the dancing, love the artistry, love the costumes,” he said.
Mr. Bales Sr., a retired regional vice president with The Travelers, an insurance company, saw the performance advertised and knew he had to come.
Mr. Bales Sr. said the purity of the performance was striking.
“I’m an old-fashioned guy, and I love wholesome music,” he said, adding that Shen Yun was a contrast to many of the performances nowadays that have risqué elements in them. “It’s a pleasure to sit and watch a show for two hours without that.”
Reporting by SOH Radio Network and Zachary Stieber.
Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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