RALEIGH, N.C.—Shen Yun Performing Arts’ matinee at the Progress Energy Center for Performing Arts made a wonderful gift for Mr. Kuran Kumar’s friends and family on Jan. 20.
“My parents are visiting, I just want to bring them here and I just want them to enjoy the show,” said Mr. Kumar, a software engineer. Shen Yun “was absolutely fantastic, excellent, and I’m glad I took my friends and family.”
The New York-based company features “the world’s foremost classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra blending the sounds of both East and West, breathtaking backdrops, splendid costumes,” and solo vocalists, according to its website.
Mr. Kumar said he connected with the performance spiritually, and felt it had a message “towards a more spiritual way of living, and not to the contemporary style of living.”
Shen Yun’s mission is to revive 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture, and the stories told through song and dance span from the culture’s inception up through modern-day China. Besides stunning surface artistic elements, Shen Yun weaves the essence of Chinese culture—principles such as benevolence, propriety, and wisdom, as well as a respect for the heavens and divine retribution—throughout the performance.
“I loved the show, completely from starting to ending,” Mr. Kumar said.
“Basically, within a couple of hours, I get to see everything—all the years, all the history, and basically everything about China,” Mr. Kumar said, adding that he would recommend it for all ages.
Reporting by Thai Ton and Catherine Yang.
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will perform in Thousand Oaks at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Jan. 22 and 23, and downtown Los Angeles at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Jan. 25 through 27. 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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