LOS ANGELES—When Shen Yun Performing Arts graced the stage at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Jan. 26, the audience visibly enjoyed the performance.
Shen Yun has a core of classical Chinese dance, while some pieces are ethnic and folk dances. The dancers are adorned with handmade costumes and accentuated by digital backdrops and an orchestra that melds classical Western and traditional Chinese instruments.
Because of destruction wrought by the Chinese Communist Party, China’s 5,000-year-old, traditional culture was nearly decimated. A group of overseas artists, to revive this ancient culture, formed Shen Yun. The company is based in New York.
“I love the show,” said Tony Calioundji, who owns a real estate company in San Fernando Valley. “It’s a beautiful culture and we have to learn from that culture.”
The performance was very well done, said Mr. Calioundji. He was surprised Shen Yun is based in New York.
Shen Yun traverses the globe to more than 100 cities each year, according to the company’s website.
“Millions have seen Shen Yun. Standing ovations at the world’s top venues, royalty attending in Europe, sold-out shows throughout North America, and packed houses across Asia have made Shen Yun an international phenomenon,” according to Shen Yun’s website.
Abraham Iny, who runs a real estate company with the help of his wife, joined Mr. Calioundji for the evening performance. Mr. Iny said Shen Yun was very colorful, musical, and beautiful.
His wife, an art lover, goes to every concert she can and plays the piano and flute, she said.
This was her second time seeing Shen Yun; the performance changes every year.
“The performance is unbelievable and I’m so happy they are preserving their culture,” she said. “It is very important.”
Reporting by Flora Ge, NTD Television, and Zachary Stieber.
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company now travels to Australia where they will perform in Brisbane Feb. 1 to Feb. 3 and then onto New Zealand. Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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