LOS ANGELES—Ziva Naumann, retired non-profit law firm co-founder, and William Naumann, who used to do investigative work for public liability cases before he retired, attended the sold-out performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Jan. 25.
Mrs. Naumann loved the performance. “It’s colorful, it’s interesting. I enjoy it very much,” she said.
Shen Yun is a New York-based company founded in 2006 with the mission of reviving China’s 5,000-year divinely inspired traditional culture through music and dance.
A Shen Yun performance focuses on classical Chinese dance, with an interactive digital backdrop and a live orchestra with both Eastern and Western instruments. Also included are ethnic and folk dances and solo vocalists who sing in the difficult bel canto style.
Mr. Naumann said, “It’s a delight. I’m very impressed—the ability, the grace, the leaps, and the coordination— it’s dazzling.”
Each Shen Yun dance piece has a different theme and tells a unique story, with colors and costumes from a specific time period and a certain part of China.
Mrs. Naumann said she liked that there were emcees who introduced each dance piece and talked about what was coming up next. She said the stories were very clear.
Mr. Naumann said the vocalists’ song lyrics, sung in Chinese and projected onto the backdrop in English, were interesting. “It talks about 10,000 years of longing,” he said. “And then we remember clearly how ancient the Chinese civilization is. What transformations have [come to pass]. This comes to the mind.”
Mr. and Mrs. Naumann were glad to have come to see Shen Yun. “We enjoy it very much,” said Ms. Naumann.
Reporting by Flora Ge and Sarah Le.
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will perform in 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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