ESCONDIDO, Calif.—Mr. Erich Waas and his fiancée Ms. Kim Jones saw Shen Yun Performing Arts for the second time. This time, on Dec. 28, they decided to bring Mr. Waas’s mother to celebrate her 70th birthday.
Mr. Waas, the director of Product Development for Sony, and Ms. Jones, the senior manager of Operations in Product Portfolio and Operations Manager at Provide Commerce, were delighted with Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company, one of Shen Yun’s three companies that tours the world.
Each Shen Yun company tours with about a hundred performers. They aim to revive traditional Chinese culture.
Regarding Mr. Erich Waas’s overall impression, he said, “It’s a very top-notch performance. It’s a great expression of Chinese culture in general, and just some of the art that the Chinese culture has and the history, and it’s just great to see the things that are unique to Chinese culture.
There are things that we share from there and here in the United States, and it’s just a phenomenal performance.”
Ms. Jones said, “It’s become a Christmas tradition for us to come see Shen Yun. It’s just a beautiful balance between art and history and music, and it’s just very lovely. It’s something we look forward to now, every year.”
Ms. Jones enjoyed learning more about Chinese culture, saying, “I’m a quarter Chinese, but I don’t know much about our culture. … Through this, it’s a very beautiful way to learn about the Chinese culture and understand their history and the beauty and the challenges that they’ve been through.”
Mr. Waas was impressed with the stage technology. He said, “Being in the video game industry, I do love the transitions between the screen—people coming onto the stage and back and forth. I think that just the perspective of it is very good, and just the way they portray the 3-D depth as characters go into the screen and come back out. I think that’s very interesting.”
I also love listening to just the musicians down in the orchestra pit.
Both Mr. Waas and Ms. Jones enjoyed the music and orchestra very much: “Just the elegance of the dancing, then you have the soprano and the tenor! I played trumpet through my university years, so I also love listening to just the musicians down in the orchestra pit,” Mr. Waas said.
Ms. Jones agreed: “I think the music is excellent. It’s got a classical sense to it, but then I like the instruments that are unique to China. This year, they didn’t have the erhu [solo], but last year they did, and so I was a little disappointed because I wanted to hear it by itself, but it was nice to hear it down in the orchestra pit.”
As for the dancing, Mr. Waas was without words to express himself. “But also just the dancing is—yeah! I like them both equally, that’s my diplomatic answer,” he said.
Ms. Jones said, “I think the women are far more athletic than the men,” she said with a laugh. “Very athletic! I mean, they’re dancers and performers and entertainers, but they’re also athletes, and did a very nice job.”
Ms. Jones was referring to the demanding technique required of classical Chinese dance, which includes flips, spins and leaps.
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will be in Escondido for performances at the California Center for the Arts until Dec. 31.
Reporting by Jane Yang and Robin Kemker.
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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