JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Kathleen Moorman, a government contract specialist, said Shen Yun’s performance at the Times-Union Center for Performing Arts on Jan. 29 made her eager for color.
“The costumes were fabulous … so vibrant and vivid! I was looking at them, thinking, ‘I need to add more color in my life!’” Ms. Moorman said.
With 55 officially recognized ethnic groups in China, Chinese attire comes in a multitude of styles and ranges of colors. According to the company’s website, “Shen Yun presents dances deeply immersed in rich ethnic hues. With its unaffected but splendid ethnic costumes, Shen Yun takes audiences on an insightful journey across China’s vast terrains.”
In Shen Yun, “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,” the Shen Yun website states.
Reflecting on the expressiveness of classical Chinese dance, Ms. Moorman said, “It tells stories … talks faith. … It saddens me to think that there are so many people who are missing out on their heritage.”
Marveling that so many dance forms evolved from China, she said: “It was amazing!”
Ms. Moorman said she would tell her friends, “They need to come see it!”
Reporting by Edie Bassen and Robin Epps.
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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