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Shen Yun ‘Absolutely stunning’

By Catherine Yang
Epoch Times Staff
Created: January 4, 2013 Last Updated: January 4, 2013
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DALLAS—Shen Yun Performing Arts played its last show in Dallas for the 2013 season to a sold-out audience at the Winspear Opera House on Jan. 3.

“I love it—everything, the bright colors,” Mr. Cameron Hamidi, a surgeon said. “It’s so happy and cheerful.”

He said he had not known much about Chinese culture before seeing Shen Yun and, “I think it’s very rich in so many ways.”

The New York-based company brings 5,000 years of Chinese civilization to life on stage through traditional art forms accompanied by stunning, digitally animated backdrops.

“I think it’s absolutely stunning,” Mr. Hamidi said. He said he almost felt at a loss for words.

Mr. Hamidi noted that the costumes were very traditional, and that a lot of attention was paid to the details.

“Every costume in a Shen Yun performance is presented with brilliant colors, displaying a splendid spectacle,” according to Shen Yun’s website. Female dancers don glittering robes that complement the signature “shoulder shake” in the Mongolian bowl dance and the male dancers in Tang Dynasty Battleground are clad as Tang soldiers would in battle, bearing shields with guardian lion carvings.

From every region and dynasty, “Shen Yun’s costume artists collect countless designs of traditional attire, ranging from those of emperors, ministers, and generals to the everyday clothing of the common people,” the website reads.

“My feelings were being joined by the whole show, whether it was sad or happy or cheerful or snowy day … depending on the storyline,” Mr. Hamidi said. “I think the stories were very accurate.”

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s International Company will be performing at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Jan. 5-6, and at Fox Theatre from Jan. 8-9. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

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