SEATTLE—Lorraine Caton, a commercial real estate agent, is no stranger to fine art performances held at Seattle’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. On Saturday, March 30, she found herself enthralled by Shen Yun Performing Arts at the company’s fourth Seattle performance of the 2013 season.
“The colors, the music, the movement, the dancers—well choreographed,” she said. “Nothing like we have seen here in McCaw Hall before.”
“Through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture. Its stunning beauty and tremendous energy leave audiences uplifted and inspired,” reads Shen Yun’s website.
“It’s breathtaking—beautiful,” Ms. Caton added. “So it’s an echo on spring.”
For 5,000 years, divine culture flourished in the land of China. Humanity’s treasure was nearly lost, but through exhilarating music and dance, Shen Yun is bringing back this glorious culture.
Ms. Caton said that the emphasis on traditional culture was an important aspect of her coming to the show. “My mother happens to be from Shanghai, which is part of the reason we came,” she said. “So a little bit of culture, too—international culture.”
“It’s nice that they’re trying to capture that now and preserve it for future generations,” she added. “I brought my daughter. She’s really enjoying it!”
Ms. Caton concluded by again emphasizing Shen Yun’s unique characteristics.
“Something very different. I mean, we come here, we see ballets and some other things, and this is just very different,” she said, adding, Shen Yun “is good for the younger generations.”
With reporting by Michael Green and Michael Fitzgerald
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company is performing in Seattle, at the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, March 28-31. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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