COLUMBUS, Ohio—Oyama Hall had high praise for Shen Yun Performing Arts, after he attended the opening performance at the Ohio Theatre, Saturday, Feb. 10. He said, “Very well done, very well done!” The network engineer for the city of Columbus joined the enthusiastic audience in warmly welcoming the New York-based performance’s return to Columbus.
Shen Yun is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company. Formed in 2006 by overseas Chinese artists, the company aims to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture, according to its website.
Mr. Hall praised various aspects of the performance: “The visual background was exceptional. The effects of the music and the choreography are very well done. I enjoyed the costumes, the colorful costumes.”
As for the dancers, he said, “You can tell that they practice their craft, that they take it very seriously. It’s very fine. I definitely appreciate the performance.”
Mr. Hall also expressed his appreciation for Shen Yun’s orchestra, a unique blend of classical Western instruments and Chinese instruments, and said, “It sounds wonderful, the sound is lovely—the sound is absolutely lovely.”
A classical music buff, he admired the blending of the instruments, “Obviously with the Oriental influence, there are different forms and some of the stringed instruments are different. It was very refreshing.”
Through dance, Shen Yun depicts “heavenly realms, ancient legends and heroic modern-day epics” and “presents themes of compassion and courage with stunning beauty and tremendous energy,” the website states.
“In regards to the dance and the music, it flows very, very well. The two definitely complement each other in ways that I didn’t expect. This is obviously the first time I have seen the show and I am pleased,” Mr. Hall said.
Ms. Hall will tell his friends about Shen Yun: “They should have purchased their tickets and come. We had seen [the advertising], actually, I saw it well in advance, several months ago when some folks were here and they were advertising for it at some event I was at or the mall, and my wife and I were out a day later, I said we should really go see that and by the way it is going to be on your birthday, too so—two birds with one stone—so she made arrangements and we purchased some tickets.”
Reporting by Valerie Avore and Jeanmarie Lunsford.
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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