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Shen Yun ‘a Wonderful Sweep of Chinese History’


Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 10, 2013 Last Updated: February 11, 2013
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Dr. Leo Shea attends Shen Yun Performing Arts Boston Opera House on Sunday. (Lu Di/The Epoch Times)

Dr. Leo Shea attends Shen Yun Performing Arts Boston Opera House on Sunday. (Lu Di/The Epoch Times)

BOSTON—Shen Yun Performing Arts enchanted the audience at the Boston Opera House on Sunday, presenting traditional Chinese culture through music, dance, and technology.

Dr. Leo Shea, a clinical associate professor of rehabilitation medicine at New York University-Langone Medical Center, was in Boston for the performance and brought along his niece.

“I think it’s colorful, and it has a wonderful sweep of Chinese history so that people who are not familiar with it can get an understanding of the various aspects that contributed to the history of the Chinese culture,” Dr. Shea said.

New York-based Shen Yun tours the globe bringing the 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture to millions of theatergoers, according to the company’s website.

Beginning with a foundation of classical Chinese dance, the performance is rounded out with digital backdrops; colorful, handcrafted costumes; and an orchestra that joins classical Western and traditional Chinese instruments.

Classical Chinese dance is an ancient art form that requires training in movements, postures, and difficult tumbling and jumping techniques, making it “one of the most comprehensive dance systems in the world,” according to Shen Yun’s website.

Dr. Shea, who has studied and enjoys Chinese culture, said he wanted to introduce Eastern dance to his niece, who dances. He will also attend one of Shen Yun’s April performances at Lincoln Center in New York, bringing some friends, he said.

The traditional values in Shen Yun impressed him, as well as the portrayal in story-based dances of the courage of the human spirit in the face of oppression.

“The presentation, through the various dances, which they combine to create the story historically, shows the sense of Chinese culture and its commitment to humanity and, also, its need to continue to try to exercise freedom of the human spirit,” Dr. Shea said.

Reporting by Lu Di and Zachary Stieber.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will be playing at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre,  Feb. 11 to 12, and then at Canberra Theatre, Feb. 15 to 17. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

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