JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—A natural person to appreciate Jacksonville’s opening night performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company was Ms. Joanne Davis, supervisor of World Languages for Duval County Public Schools, the sixth largest school district in Florida.
The performance was “hen hao,” Ms. Davis said in Chinese, which translates to “very good.”
Ms. Davis and her husband spent the evening at the Times-Union Center for Performing Arts, celebrating 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture through the universal language of music and dance.
After previous Florida visits in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company graced Jacksonville with its all-new 2013 production.
“I’m amazed at the visual effects,” Ms. Davis said. “Excellent, superb.”
Ms. Davis said she and her husband were both astonished by the digital backdrops and how they helped to tell the stories. “I wish my grandchildren were here,” she said. “They would be in awe.”
According to the Shen Yun website, “Shen Yun’s digital-backdrop team creates vividly animated settings, extending the stage and transporting the audience to a world where heaven and earth are one.”
As Ms. Davis put it, “It’s like a trip to the world of the divine.”
Speaking of classical Chinese dance, she said, “It’s just perfection.”
Classical Chinese dance has a history of thousands of years. It is “a culture left to us by the ancients who came before us, its beauty should be riches shared by all of humanity,” the Shen Yun website states.
Ms. Davies said the musicians were outstanding and the orchestra, blending the sounds of East and West, was “a rare treat.”
For those in Jacksonville awaiting such a treat, Shen Yun will offer one more performance in the city, scheduled for the evening of Jan. 30.
Reporting by NTD and Adam Miller.
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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