ESCONDIDO, Calif.—Outside may have been gray and rainy, but inside Escondido’s California Center for the Arts was bright and luminous as Shen Yun Performing Arts delighted the audience at Saturday’s matinee, Dec. 29, bringing alive 5,000 years of Chinese civilization.
Among the audience were Betty White, an artist, and Mary Burke, who previously worked in retail, charmed by the New York-based company’s performance.
“I loved it. I just thought it was absolutely beautiful and colorful, and I love the tradition. It was beautiful,” Ms. Burke beamed.
Ms. Burke mentioned that it was Betty who had wanted to come to see Shen Yun and she was so glad she had the opportunity to join her.
“Betty was the one, she was the one who wanted to go because Betty’s an artist. She does a lot of water-coloring paintings, and I think because of the colors, and all of that gorgeous color and music, I think that was so inspiring. It was her that said we’ve got to go see it, and I’m glad.” Ms. Burke said.
Recalling the intricate classical Chinese dance and vibrant costumes, Ms. White said: “I thought it was wonderful. It was very colorful, and they did a very good job, and all their dancing and everything was beautiful, really was beautiful.”
“Just like watercolors, which is a lot of color. And her favorite color is lavender”, chimed in Ms. Burke.
In agreement, Ms. White elaborated, “It was very good. Very good color combinations. They were beautifully done, how they coordinated all the groups together and separately when they came in, very good.
“I just wanted to see all the dancing, and they did a wonderful job of the dancing, and their coordination of all the colors were just beautiful.”
Another aspect of the Shen Yun performance is its state-of-the-art graphics technology. Shen Yun’s digital-backdrop team creates vividly animated settings, extending the stage and transporting the audience to a world where heaven and earth are one, something Ms. White enjoyed.
“It was very good. … It was all done so very good, the way it was done, you know the dancing of the groups and their costumes and the way they showed their colors. It was beautiful.”
Ms. Burke also remarked on the historic content. “I still like the ancients, even though I like the modern stuff, but I still love the ancient. I actually love that more.
“I think what was beautiful is … [the] very warm feeling about it when you leave, and because it’s just very colorful … for me it was very, made me happy. … It was very entertaining, and I’d definitely recommend it to people.”
Ms. Burke concluded by saying, “I think it was spectacular.”
With reporting by Flora Ge and Masha Savitz.
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will be in Escondido for performances at the California Center for the Arts through Dec. 31.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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