HOUSTON—The “beautiful, beautiful” artistry of Shen Yun Performing Arts’ opening show in Houston made for a great present for interior designer Joliegh Anderson to her mother Joanne Kuam at the Jones Hall for the Performing Arts on Dec. 26.
“It makes me feel happy, it makes me feel warm, and it gives me chills at the same time,” Mrs. Kuam said. “I really enjoy it. I do love theater.”
The way their feet touch the ground and the way they hold their toes, it’s just absolutely beautiful.
—Joliegh Anderson, interior designer
Mrs. Kuam worked in a theater when she lived in Minnesota, working with actors and actresses.
“I love this one, the difference between the women who are so feminine, and the men who are so strong,” Mrs. Kuam said. “They have power and the women float. It’s gorgeous. It’s very pretty.”
Ms. Anderson was also taken by the grace of the dancers.
“I love how the ladies dance and they land so softly and they’re so gentle and pretty, and men are powerful and strong,” Ms. Anderson said. “The way their feet touch the ground and the way they hold their toes, it’s just absolutely beautiful.”
Classical Chinese dance is one of the most comprehensive dance systems in the world, as the emcee said. Dancers focus not only on technical skill, but also bearing and form, with an inward focus on the peculiarities of human nature as well as systematic training in difficult jumps and flips, according to Shen Yun’s website.
As a designer, Ms. Anderson was taken by the colors used in the costuming and animated backdrops.
“I absolutely love it,” Ms. Anderson said. “Using color together and the beauty of the backdrop of [each] piece; it gives me a nice feeling. Soft, quiet, it makes you think and listen to the sounds. It’s very nice.”
Each dance is accompanied by the Shen Yun Orchestra, which blends East with West by combining traditional Chinese instruments like the suona and pipa with a classical Western orchestra.
The New York-based company’s mission is to revive 5,000 years of Chinese culture, through traditional art forms. Stories from ancient legends, to ethnic dances, to current-day issues play out on stage, changing every year.
“You can understand the story without any words,” Ms. Anderson said.
With reporting by NTD Television and Catherine Yang.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world with a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. The Shen Yun International Company will be performing in Houston through Jan. 1. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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