WATERBURY, Conn.—Shen Yun Performing Arts drew much praise from theatergoers who saw it this week in Connecticut.
Michael Fedak, vice president of Credential Insurance, praised the overall effect generated by Shen Yun’s dance pieces, music, and the amount of color.
He lauded soprano vocalist Pi-ju Huang. Shen Yun features several award-winning singers, who use the bel canto technique, according to the company’s website.
“We thought it was just amazing,” he said after watching the performance on Thursday at the Palace Theater. “The dance, the soloists were just phenomenal. The soprano was just amazing … the encore she did was fantastic, we just loved it.”
Primarily, Shen Yun uses classical Chinese dance as its main form of expression, conveying the inner meanings of traditional Chinese culture. The company tells a series of short stories and legends that have been passed down through Chinese civilization, according to its website.
For each piece, there is a digital backdrop that provides vivid and colorful background scenery, the company says. In the performance, the dancers appear to immerse themselves or come out of the backdrop.
“The way this screen was and then the way the dancers went right into the screen was just incredible,” Mr. Fedak said. His wife, Beth Fedak, said the overall effect “kind of takes your breath away.”
“I was phenomenal, it was beautiful,” said Mrs. Fedak, who works as a paralegal. “I just loved to watch the dancers and the color in the show and you know the unison. It was just, it was amazing, it really was amazing.”
Classical Chinese dance has a history of thousands of years with its own sets of movements, postures, and forms, Shen Yun’s website said. The style of dance is said to be considerably difficult to master and is highly expressive.
Noel Richard, who helped started a life science research firm, said that he loved “the colors.”
“I think they’re really fabulous, the music is tremendous,” he said.
Shen Yun’s orchestra joins together Western and Chinese musical traditions, with the Chinese instruments taking the lead, according to the company’s website.
“I’m into calmness, friendship, people, and humanity,” he said. “And I think this is depicting all that very well.”
Based in New York, Shen Yun says it aims to revive and spread traditional Chinese culture, which has been heavily influenced by Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism.
“It gives me a peaceful feeling—relaxed, comfortable, pensive—thinking about 5,000 years is a lot to get your arms around,” Mr. Richard said.
William Cratty, who works for an energy company, said that he enjoyed Shen Yun “very much” and described it as “very interesting.”
“I think just going over 5,000 years of history with the different stories from way passed to the future was very interesting,” he said.
His wife, Debra Cratty, praised the company’s backdrop.
“The way [Shen Yun] presents the backdrop and then you have [dancers] coming out from the sides and from underneath integrates really well with the backdrop,” she said, describing it as “really neat [and] a really unique feature of the show I’ve never seen before.”
Reporting by NTD Television, Gary Du, and Jack Phillips.
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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