ATLANTA—Sitting up front at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta on Jan. 6, Mrs. Pat Poovey and Mr. Clyde Poovey could see all the expressions of the Shen Yun Performing Arts dancers, “and it’s so moving,” Mr. Poovey said.
Mr. Poovey, now retired, was president and co-owner of a local concrete company.
“I like that, seeing it up close,” Mr. Poovey said.
“[It’s] exhilarating and sort of breathtaking,” Mrs. Poovey said.
The New York-based company presents 5,000 years of Chinese civilization on stage through traditional Chinese dance and music.
“The backdrop and the scenes as they come forward is unique—I’ve never seen anything like that, something behind the stage and then they’re immediately up on the stage,” Mr. Poovey said.
Shen Yun utilizes an animated digital backdrop, which projects scenery from ancient palaces to lush valleys, and perfect timing allows the performers to transition from stage to screen in dances like Sand Monk is Blessed and Divine Mercy.
Mr. Poovey enjoyed the costumes as well. “They were just so beautiful and colorful, well done.”
“Shen Yun’s costume artists collect countless designs of traditional attire, ranging from those of emperors, ministers, and generals to the everyday clothing of the common people,” according to Shen Yun’s website. “They use bright colors to tailor and recreate hundreds of new pieces each season.”
“The coordination of the dancers and the beauty of the background, and the colors in the background, how they were coordinated with the costumes they had on, it was just fantastic,” Mrs. Poovey said.
Reporting by Yang Chen and Catherine Yang.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s International Company will be performing at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre from Jan. 8-9. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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