KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Shen Yun Performing Arts graced the stage at the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center Performing Arts, enchanting the audience with a revival of one of the most ancient cultures in the world.
New York-based Shen Yun traverses the globe with one mission: “to revive the true, divinely inspired culture of China,” according to the company’s website. The 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture is woven into “ a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends and heroic modern-day epics” through the Shen Yun performance.
Joe Rose, founder of Bioresources, a microbiology research support company, enjoyed the performance with his wife, Mary Kay Rose, a realtor.
“I just thought it would be a nice dance, I didn’t realize it would be so detailed and beautifully done,” said Mrs. Rose. “The choreography’s incredible.”
Classical Chinese dance, an ancient art form spanning back nearly as long as the culture, forms the base of Shen Yun’s performances. The dance has strict training in movements and posture, according to the company’s website, and also involves leaps, turns, flips, and spins.
“I just keep going ‘oh!’” said Mrs. Rose at the intermission. “It’s amazing—just incredible energy.”
Mr. Rose found the togetherness of the dancers, the movements, and the dance in general to be beautiful.
The dance is accentuated by handmade costumes, digital backdrops, and an orchestra that deftly melds classical Western and traditional Chinese instruments, such as the gong.
Mrs. Rose enjoyed the performance so much she was already planning to call a friend and tell her about it.
“You better get here tomorrow,” she was going to tell her.
Reporting by Stacey Tang and Zachary Stieber.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world.
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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