PITTSBURGH—The sights and sounds of thousands of years of Chinese culture was on display in Pittsburgh, as Shen Yun Performing Arts performed Saturday night at the at the Benedum Centre for Performing Arts.
Judge Linda Fleming called Shen Yun a “wonderful show.”
“I thought the costumes are exquisite, techniques were extraordinary, and the stories they told were fascinating,” she said.
New York-based Shen Yun aims to revive 5,000 years of Chinese culture through dance, a digital backdrop, costumes, and a unique orchestra, according to the company’s website. It primarily uses stories ancient and modern to portray the traditional culture.
“I would encourage everyone to come to see this show. I think it’s a wonderful example of Chinese culture,” she said.
Speaking on the backdrops—which show all kinds of landscapes, mountaintops, and other scenery—Ms. Fleming described them as “beautiful.”
“It reminds me of the countryside,” she said.
Allison Kozlowski, a former librarian, noted that the performance had “amazing” energy, adding that it was “very colorful and very perfectly synchronized.”
“It’s just been amazing,” she said. “Everyone wants them to stop long enough for us to clap but they just keep going and going and going.”
Classical Chinese dance is the primary technique used by Shen Yun’s dancers, but Chinese ethnic and folk dances are also present throughout, the company’s website says. The dance forms allow for a vast array of expressions which allow the dancers to portray nearly any character from any age—from strong generals, to gentle maidens.
“It has plenty of emotion—when I’m listening to the singing of the music and when I’m looking at the lyrics,” she added, referring to the several award-winning Chinese vocalists in the performance, who use the bel canto style of singing.
Reporting by Frank Liang, NTD Television, and Jack Phillips
Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company will perform in Pittsburgh until Feb. 3. 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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