ORLANDO, Fla.—“It’s beautiful! They’re so graceful. The costumes are beautiful—the color, everything, the scenery. The whole thing is just beautiful,” Deborah D’Antonio said of the Shen Yun performance.
Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company, based in New York, completed its three-night run at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre on Jan. 17.
“Oh, they’re just phenomenal,” Ms. D’Antonio said of the dancers. “I love to watch people dance. I saw an advertisement for [Shen Yun], and I was just thinking, ‘Wow, that just looks so beautiful,’ and I wanted to see it.”
She especially liked all the dances with the women—“Every one of them.”
“I like their costumes, and they were so graceful,” Ms. D’Antonio said, singling out the female dancers who balanced bowls on their heads in The Mongolian Bowl Dance. “I couldn’t even walk and balance a bowl on my head, let alone dance. Amazing!” she said.
Rich D’Antonio, president of Complete Parachute Solutions of Orlando, agreed and said: “I liked how they go in and out of the scenery, with the water [Sand Monk is Blessed]. I think the way it’s coordinated is really good.”
Theatergoers often remark on the unique backdrops. Dancers appear to pass easily between the stage and the digital projections.
“Animated backdrops transport the audience to another world. Projected behind the dancers, the hi-tech images lift the stage and set it amidst blossoming landscapes, deep forests, Mongolian prairies, or celestial paradises,” the Shen Yun website states.
Shen Yun’s next performance in Florida will be at Jacksonville’s Times Union Center for the Performing Arts, Jan. 29 and 30.
Reporting by Yang Chen and Louise Rothman.
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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