ATLANTA—Seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts’ stunning digital backdrop and use of color meant a lot to former Georgia State University computer graphics professor Charles Williams, at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta on Jan. 8.
“This is wonderful. It’s a combination of high-tech with the background, and classical dancing and classical story,” said Mr. Williams, who attended the performance with his wife.
“It’s a marvelous merging of high-tech with art,” Mr. Williams said. “My field was computer graphics, which allowed this to happen, which makes it very important to me.”
Mr. Williams was impressed with the combination of movement, color, and projection.
“It’s merging high tech with the capabilities of human motion, which is very difficult, seeing as this is high-tech,” Mr. Williams said. He said, “putting a muted color next to another one and you get brilliance--and it’s marvelous.”
With motion, you get more color than you could possibly get if that were not moving. That’s something you see, but you can’t keep it,” Mr. Williams said. “It’s magic.”
The New York-based company presents 5,000 years of Chinese civilization through art forms like traditional Chinese dance, combined with an animated, digital backdrop displaying stunning scenes.
These digital backdrop designs complement and synchronize all aspects of the performance: the characters, color of the costumes, specific dance movements, props, lighting, the story being told, particular notes played by the orchestra, and special audio effects.
Shen Yun designers create vivid, detailed garments every year. Custom tailored costumes are designed for each dance, reflecting the period and region of China where the dance or story originates.
Reporting by Yang Chen and Catherine Yang.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s International Company will present one more performance at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre on Jan. 9. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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