BUENOS AIRES—Shen Yun Performing Arts has been gracing the stage at Teatro Ópera Citi for an eight day run through Dec. 21, selling out performances and enchanting Argentinians.
“What impressed me the most was how I felt transported to another culture that I didn’t know about, and from what I saw, I could imagine how it would be,” said journalist Marcelo Zlotogwiazda.
New York-based Shen Yun has as its mission reviving the 5,000 year old, divinely inspired Chinese culture—one that was nearly lost after more than six decades of communist rule.
The Shen Yun website explains: “Sophisticated dance techniques, an orchestra joining instruments East and West, beautiful costumes, and a stunning back drop—this is Shen Yun at first glance.But digging deeper, one discovers a sea of traditional Chinese culture. Mortals and divine beings merge on stage as one. Principles such as benevolence and justice, propriety and wisdom, respect for the heavens, and divine retribution, all come to life, washing over the audience.”
Mr. Zlotogwiazda said he could see the interplay between entertainment and the revival of traditional culture.
He was impressed with many aspects of the performance, including the dancers, the handcrafted costumes, and the digital backdrops.
“I was trying to remember if I had ever seen such fantasy in costume design in another performance,” he said. “The set of images was lovely.”
A colleague in the media, Pablo Bardín, also saw Shen Yun. Mr. Bardin is a music critic with the Buenos Aires Herald.
“The backdrops are magical windows to completely different realms. From vast open grasslands in one dance to the stately elegance of Tang Dynasty pavilions in another; from dusty yellow battlegrounds to tropical beaches to Himalayan peaks to picturesque scenery of the Yellow River Delta—the digital projection infinitely expands and transforms the stage,” describes Shen Yun’s website.
Mr. Bardín said the backdrops were “very brilliant.” He also praised the costumes and the dances.
Reporting by Natalia Rodriguez, Andres Auzunbud, and Zachary Stieber.
New York-based Shen Yun has three companies that tour the world each year on a mission to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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