BUENOS AIRES—Shen Yun Performing Arts opened its 2013 season with a breathtaking performance at Teatro Ópera Citi on Thursday evening.
The enthusiastic Buenos Aires audience showed their appreciation for the superb talent of the dancers by applauding several times during the performance as the dancers seamlessly performed physically demanding moves while portraying storylines from 5,000 years of Chinese history and culture on stage.
Agustina Llumá, a former dancer who manages the Argentine dance magazine Bulletin Dance, was among the audience and was full of praise for the New York-based classical Chinese dance and music company after seeing the first half of the performance.
“What I see is a comprehensive job, in every gesture, in each position, the arms, the meaning of each one of the steps,” Ms. Llumá said in an interview during the intermission.
“There are movements that are more complicated than those that we are used to.”
The former dancer said it’d be hard to explain in words the dance that she witnessed, and people have to come to “feel it.”
“I find it interesting the movement of the hands, and more than anything else, the hands and the body movements that made me want to find out what each one of those movements mean,” Ms. Llumá said.
According to the Shen Yun website, classical Chinese dance is “rich with expressive power.”
“Through expression of bearing and form, beautiful dance movements bring out the inner meaning of intrinsic thoughts and feelings, reflecting the peculiarities of human nature, the standard for human conduct, moral concepts, mental state, one’s value system, and so on.”
Ms. Llumá also marvelled at the flawless performance of the masterfully choreographed dances, noting that it takes a lot of practice to perform such perfect group scenes.
What’s more, she said, is that each dance has a storyline that catches the attention of the audience, with each piece telling a unique story different from the other through dance and the accompanying music.
“Each program leaves behind a different message … and in general it’s something that has left me a very peaceful and pleasant sensation,” Ms. Llumá said.
She also paid high praise to the Shen Yun Orchestra that plays original scores for each dance scene. The orchestra starts with classical western instruments at its base augmented with traditional Chinese instruments such as the erhu.
Adding that there are so many colourful costumes in the performance, Ms. Llumá said Shen Yun is a “mega production.”
Reporting by Julia Cortes.
Shen Yun International Company will be performing in Buenos Aires Dec. 13-21 before travelling to back to the U.S., starting with shows in Houston Dec. 26-Jan. 1.
New York-based Shen Yun has three companies that tour the world each year on a mission to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture.
For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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