ESCONDIDO, Calif.—Shen Yun Performing Arts presentation of classical Chinese dance and music, at the California Center for the Arts was enjoyed immensely by director and actor, Duke Stroud and his wife Maryanne, who also acts.
“I love the way they move, just like floating, just like walking on top of water, and the movement of the hands,” Mrs. Stroud, said.
Classical Chinese dance is the core of Shen Yun, a New York-based company intent on bringing to life
China’s divinely-inspired culture, nearly destroyed by 60-plus years of communism rule, according to Shen Yun’s website.
The dancers are accompanied by different artistic elements, including digital backdrops, and the Shen Yun orchestra that melds both classical Western and traditional Chinese instruments, which Mr. Stroud said he appreciated.
Mr. Stroud has acted in film and television roles and dabbled in theater since the mid-1960′s, including roles in Law & Order, the TV series Mission Impossible, and Scrubs.
While at the show, the couple learned how to say the Chinese words, “Shen Yun” which roughly translates as the beauty of divine beings dancing.
Mrs. Stroud praised the dancing and the overall artistry in the performance.
“It’s also very calming, there’s a lot of action but you get a very calm feeling,” she said. “There’s a lot of positive use of energy.”
Reporting by Sophia Fang and Zachary Stieber.
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will be heading to Escondido for performances at the California Center for the Arts from Dec. 28 to 31.
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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