Shen Yun: ‘Absolutely outstanding’

Epoch Times Staff
Created: January 19, 2013 Last Updated: January 20, 2013
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COSTA MESA, Calif.—Shen Yun Performing Arts played a sold-out show at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Saturday, Jan. 19, and among the enthusiastic audience were former musician Samuel Mason, who now works in the medical field, and Jacinda Smith, who works in medical sales.

“It was a great show. It was fabulous,” Mr. Mason said of the acclaimed classical Chinese dance and music production.

New York-based Shen Yun aims to revive 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture through the universal language of music and dance, according to the company’s website.

Having a musical background, Mr. Mason especially enjoyed the show’s music.

“The orchestra was great, the choreography with the music was excellent, and I enjoyed it quite a bit,” he said.

Shen Yun’s live orchestra blends together Eastern and Western instruments for a unique sound.

Ms. Smith was enchanted by the costumes.

“The costumes were beautiful, absolutely beautiful,” she said. “All the colors, and the sleeves, the uses of sleeves for the men and women, I thought it was absolutely outstanding.”

Each of the colorful costumes and headpieces is handmade for its specific Shen Yun dance. Every element, from the vibrant backdrops to the intricate choreography, comes together to tell a story from China’s rich history.

Mr. Mason found the interactive backdrops interesting and unique, while Ms. Smith thought the solo vocalists were wonderful.

The two said they would encourage others to come to see the show.

Mr. Mason called it “outstanding. Absolutely outstanding. I recommend it to anyone.”

“I think that everyone should come, bring their families, and certainly bring the children,” said Ms. Smith.

Reporting by Laura Gu and Sarah Le.

Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will have one more performance at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Jan. 20. Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit

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