LAS VEGAS—Dance veteran Sharon Smith found Shen Yun Performing Arts dancers “absolutely incredible” after she saw the performance of the New York-based classical Chinese dance and music company at Reynolds Hall on Saturday afternoon.
“They have lovely feet, and everybody’s hands are exactly right for what they are doing; their fingers, their hand, even the tilt of their head, perfect! Very good,” she said.
Ms. Smith has been involved in dance for over 20 years, and has performed with companies in the United States, Japan, and Spain. She is now an educator.
The Shen Yun performance, Ms. Smith said, was very well done, from the dances, to the state-of-the art animated backdrops, the orchestra, colorful costumes, and other aspects of the performance that make it unique
“I thought their costumes, and especially the backdrops, were perfect for what they were doing, because it felt as if you were there,” Ms. Smith said.
“The costuming was lovely: All the colors and designs of the shapes; and I love their scarves, the way their scarves moved, very good,” she added.
The Shen Yun Orchestra, which combines traditional Chinese instruments with classical Western instruments and plays original scores accompanying the dances, had the former dancer quite impressed.
“Having a live orchestra is everything. So many things here, particularly in Las Vegas, we don’t have shows with live orchestras anymore, it’s all on tape,” Ms. Smith said.
“There’s nothing like dancing or singing to a live orchestra; and I think the traditional Chinese instruments were crucial to the show, and it was very nice to hear them.”
Ms. Smith gasped at the performance of the Shen Yun vocalists, and said their voices were “superb.”
Besides the artistry in the Shen Yun performance, Ms. Smith praised the presentation of 5,000 years of Chinese history and culture on stage.
According to its website, Shen Yun has taken it as its mission to revive China’s divinely inspired culture.
“It was nice to learn about Chinese culture that we would normally not see or hear about,” Ms. Smith said.
She also liked seeing the dance pieces that show the ethnic and folk dances from different parts of China, and was glad to see the pieces that show the present-day persecution of the spiritual practice Falun Dafa by the communist regime in China.
“I hope things improve [in China], that things are much more open, and that people have more freedom to express themselves in whatever way they wish,” she said.
As an educator, she said she wished Shen Yun could stay for a longer time in her city so that groups of school children could come and see the performance.
“I think it’s very important [that children see the performance] because the world is becoming smaller, and I think it’s important we learn about each other,” she said.
Shen Yun, Ms. Smith said, should come back to Las Vegas, and should stay longer, so more people can enjoy the performance.
With reporting by NTD Television.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company is performing in Las Vegas, at Reynolds Hall, in the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, March 15–17. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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