PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Bianca Maiello and Camille Spicola were delighted with Shen Yun Performing Arts.
“The costumes were gorgeous,” Ms. Spicola said. The pair attended Shen Yun at the Providence Performing Arts Center on Feb. 5, where the audience applauded enthusiastically throughout the performance.
Based in New York, Shen Yun brings to life 5,000 years of traditional divinely inspired culture through classical Chinese dance and music, according to the company’s website.
“A Shen Yun performance features the world’s foremost classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra blending the sounds of both East and West, breathtaking backdrops, splendid costumes, singers—together creating an experience that’s leaving millions in awe,” states Shen Yun’s website.
Ms. Spicola, an elementary school teacher and the president of the Italian American Historical Society of Providence, R.I., said that Shen Yun’s digital backdrops were unique. “I had never seen anything like that before,” she said.
The digital backdrops are windows into different realms, according to Shen Yun. “From vast open grasslands in one dance to the stately elegance of Tang Dynasty pavilions in another; from dusty yellow battlegrounds to tropical beaches to Himalayan peaks to picturesque scenery of the Yellow River Delta—the digital projection infinitely expands and transforms the stage,” states the company’s website.
Ms. Maiello, a former medical consultant and owner of medical centers, now works as a merchandiser.
Ms. Maiello said she loved Shen Yun. “The costumes and background—everything,” she said.
“The dances were so graceful—when they moved they had a lot of grace,” Ms. Maiello said. She was impressed by the Shen Yun dancer’s movements and dancing, and was touched by the choreography. “I thought it was great. I’m glad I saw it and I would see it again,” she said.
Ms. Spicola was especially impressed that Shen Yun puts on a new program every year. “There’s so much,” she said.
Reporting by Stephanie Lam and Kelly Ni.
Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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