PROVIDENCE, R.I—Shen Yun Performing Arts graced the stage at the Providence Performing Arts Center for one night, bringing an ancient culture to life through music, dance, and technology.
New York-based Shen Yun traverses the globe purveying the 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture, according to the company.
“Through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and heroic modern-day epics,” states the company’s website. “Shen Yun presents themes of compassion and courage with stunning beauty and tremendous energy, leaving audiences uplifted and inspired.”
Retired business owner David Anderson and his wife Judy said they were pleasantly surprised by the artistry and cultural revival.
“Every time I watched one, I kept saying, ‘Oh, I like this [piece the] best.’ Then another would come, ‘Oh, I like this one the best,’” said Mrs. Anderson, laughing.
Mr. Anderson said he was amazed at the grace and quality of the performance.
China’s extensive history, including a diverse range of ethnicities, a series of dynasties, and the three main religions (Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism) has given Shen Yun plenty of material to draw from. The performance is made up of mini drama dance pieces, less than ten minutes each, accompanied by digital backdrops and an orchestra that melds East and West, and interspersed by vocal soloists.
The Andersons received the tickets as a gift from their daughter. The ancient culture presented in Shen Yun was “very, very interesting” to see and learn from, said Mr. Anderson.
“So different from what we read in the paper and all of that from what’s going on today,” he said.
Mr. Anderson said the female dancers were very graceful, while Mrs. Anderson said the male dancers were fabulous.
“With all the jumps and spins, I never heard any sounds,” she said.
Reporting by Kerry Huang and Zachary Stieber.
Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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