KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Amid a sold out performance Jan. 22, Gene Wuellner and Cindy Frewen-Wuellen insist their friends have to see Shen Yun Performing Arts. The investor and architect-turned-educator caught Shen Yun International Company at Kansas City’s downtown Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
“Oh, it’s been beautiful; they’re spectacular. They really are spectacular,” Ms. Frewen-Wuellen said.
“In that first scene when they had the smoke coming out? Oh, my gosh, that was spectacular. That was really wonderful,” Mr. Wuellen said.
New York-based Shen Yun aims to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese music and dance.
Ms. Frewen-Wuellen felt the cultural scope of the program was impressive: “It’s impressive to see it portrayed. We’ve seen some of it before, and so its one of the strengths of China, right? Having that really ancient culture and keeping it continuously. So, it has been very impressive.”
The expressiveness of the dances furthers the depiction of stories from China’s rich cultural heritage.
“Built on traditional aesthetics, [classical Chinese dance] was once passed down among the people, in imperial courts, and through ancient plays. Over thousands of years, it was constantly refined, eventually developing into the vast and distinctly Chinese dance form we know today,” according to the company’s website.
The colors were just spectacular.
Shen Yun dancers have one of the most comprehensive training systems in the world that teach basic skills and also require strict postures and physical expressions. The dancers also perform aerial and tumbling techniques that make for a theatrical experience.
For the Wuellens, the dancers were “beautiful,” “amazing,” “definitely athletic.”
Along with the beauty of the dancing, the Wuellens were taken with the beauty of the costumes.
“The colors were just spectacular,” she said, referring to the colors of the handmade costumes, spanning dynasties and ethnicities.
“But the colors! The colors were so fantastic,” Mr. Wuellen later echoed his wife’s comment.
Would the Wuellen’s recommend the show to their friends?
“They need to see it,” said Mr. Wuellen.
“They have to see it! You really can’t describe it,” Ms. Frewen-Wuellen said.
“You’ve got to be here to see. The production was fantastic,” Mr. Wuellen said.
Reporting by Su Yue and Sharon Kilarski.
The performances will be in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center, located on Broadway next to the Kansas City Power and Light District, the Midwest premier entertainment epicenter. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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