NASHVILLE, Tenn.—For dancer Faith Kelm and singer Ryan Donald, Shen Yun Performing Arts at the The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC), was the perfect artistic presentation.
“I love it, I love it, I love all different cultures,” Ms. Kelm said of the Shen Yun International Company’s revival of traditional Chinese culture on Feb. 15.
Ms. Kelm said that, being a dancer as well, she understood the intricacy and delicacy in each and every one of the dancers’ movements. “Every finger is the same, and they really convey that to me at least, I thought it was amazing,” Ms. Kelm said.
“They were so talented, flawless,” Mr. Donald said. “I loved the dry ice scene, I thought it was kind of rock-n-roll, it was very cool for [something] traditional,” he said of the dance Sewing the Flowers of Heaven.
Mr. Donald was amazed by the Shen Yun Orchestra, a unique combination of East and West.
“It was so clear and flawless,” Mr. Donald said.
“Definitely the orchestra was beautiful, they played it significantly beautiful,” Ms. Kelm said.
As a singer, Mr. Donald paid attention to the solo vocalists singing Chinese lyrics in the bel canto style.
“Those lyrics really got me,” Mr. Donald said, adding that he got a message of “unity, and acceptance, tolerance. It is kind of like a big hug.”
Ms. Kelm agreed and said she felt perseverance and diligence from the performers. The stories Shen Yun performers told through song and dance spanned dynasties, starting with the inception of the divinely inspired culture to the suppression of it in China today.
Mr. Donald was impressed with the performers standing up for their beliefs and values, which are not condoned under China’s current regime. “I had no idea hat you couldn’t do any of that in China, that was kind of news to me,” Mr. Donald said. Shen Yun has yet to be allowed to perform in China. Some mainland Chinese have traveled abroad just to see it.
Reporting by Sound of Hope Radio Network and Catherine Yang.
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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