LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The second night of its Louisville stop, Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company elicited a warm reception from the audience. Jim Sullivan and Judy Nielsen were in attendance at the Kentucky Center for the Shen Yun performance on May 1.
Mr. Sullivan, retired coordinator of the Food Hygiene Program of the Environmental Health and Protection Division, said at intermission that he was enjoying the performance and mentioned that the traditional Chinese dance and music company put on an extremely colorful performance. Ms. Nielsen agreed.
Through music and dance, principally through classical Chinese dance, New York-based Shen Yun aims to revive 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese civilization.
Ms. Nielsen, retired from the health department in Louisville, enjoyed the cultural aspect of the performance. “It was nice to see different cultural things,” she said.
Mr. Sullivan particularly enjoyed When Shaolin Monks Protected the Emperor, which tells the legend of how the famous Shaolin monastery came to allow the eating of meat, typically taboo for monks.
Dancing for the Gods was another dance that stood out for him. He said, “These last group of men, Tibetans, were very, very energetic. I really enjoyed them.”
The program notes describe the appeal of this dance. “The dancers’ crisp footwork and waving sleeves showcase the energy, power, and grace of traditional Tibetan dance, expressing a spirited beauty in the face of adversity.”
“So far she likes the women the best—the way they hold themselves,” Mr. Sullivan said of Ms. Nielsen’s response.
Often audience members say that they appreciate the femininity and grace of the women dancers, who seem to float across the stage.
Both would encourage their friends to attend.
Reporting by Valerie Avore and Sharon Kilarski
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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