ESCONDIDO, Calif.—Caregiver Elsa Myers came to see Shen Yun Performing Arts on Dec. 28 at the California Center for the Arts, but it wasn’t the first time. She’s been back to see Shen Yun several times now.
“What brings me back?” she says. “The dance, the story, the colors, the costumes, everything! It brings you into another world.”
Shen Yun is based in New York, with a mission to revive 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture through classical Chinese music and dance.
After over 60 years of communist rule, Chinese traditional culture has almost completely disappeared. However, the heart of the ancient culture, with its deep spiritual values, is still being celebrated through Shen Yun.
Elsa Myers agrees the show is very spiritual. “My heart just feels every aspect of what I see,” she said. She also said it brought her to tears to think of the different things Chinese people have endured.
Ms. Myers was impressed with the Shen Yun Orchestra, in which Eastern and Western instruments are brought together to create a unique sound that complements the intricate dance numbers. The colorful handmade costumes also add to the theme of the dance, and Ms. Myers felt they helped bring her into the stories.
Shen Yun’s dance pieces each tell a story from China’s 5,000 years of history, from ancient myths and legends through different dynasties, all the way to modern day.
Ms. Myers’ family has a 20-year background in theater, being involved in aspects such as backdrops and costume making. She says of Shen Yun, “You can’t tear your eyes away from anything that’s on the stage! Because you want to see every single detail. Everything that’s going on, and if you turn your eyes away, you’re going to miss something!”
She urges everyone to come see the show, because if they don’t, they’re missing something “truly amazing.”
Reporting by NTD Television and Sarah Le.
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will be in Escondido for performances at the California Center for the Arts through Dec. 31.
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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