PROVIDENCE, R.I—Presbyterian minister James Keller bought tickets to the Shen Yun Performing Arts performance as a birthday gift for his wife Gwen.
“I just loved it,” Mrs. Keller said after watching the performance with her husband at the Providence Performing Arts Center on Tuesday evening.
“I enjoyed it thoroughly; it’s just lovely,” she said.
Mr. Keller was also mesmerized by the performance, particularly because he has a connection to China.
“Having been in China when I was five years old for two years, I was brought back to my memories of way back then,” he said.
“This is absolutely magnificent, I thoroughly enjoyed it.”
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts aims to revive 5,000 years of divinely-inspired Chinese culture, which has been persecuted and co-opted by the Chinese Communist Party over the past 60 years, according to the company’s website.
Mr. Keller, a minister of 50 years, said the performance he witnessed tonight was “superb”, and contained spiritual content from the ancient culture that was important to convey.
Besides classical Chinese dance, which is at the core of Shen Yun’s performances, as well as Chinese ethnic and folk dances, Shen Yun also features an orchestra, award-winning solo vocalists, hundreds of colorful costumes, and breathtaking digital backdrops.
“The music is beautiful and the dancing is superb,” said Mr. Keller.
Pointing to the animated digital backdrops, Mrs. Keller wondered how the production could achieve such interaction between the dances and the images on the screen, and also marveled at the powerful voice of the vocalists.
“I liked the whole program,” Mrs. Keller said.
Reporting by Chuan Qin and Omid Ghoreishi.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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