LOS ANGELES—The acclaimed Shen Yun Performing Arts graced the stage at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Jan. 26, pleasing the audience with an aesthetic performance that revives one of the most ancient cultures in the world.
Mike Bacich, manager at a telecom company, and Sandy Moses, who works in sales at the telecom company, attended the performance.
“It was spectacular,” said Mr. Bacich. “It was quite an event.”
“I loved it,” said Ms. Moses. “It was wonderful. I’ve never seen anything like this before. It was our first time seeing this type of a dance style and I enjoyed it tremendously.”
New York-based Shen Yun was founded in 2006 with the mission to revive China’s five millennia of divinely inspired traditional culture through music and dance.
“A Shen Yun performance features the world’s foremost classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra blending the sounds of both East and West, breathtaking backdrops, splendid costumes, vocalists—together creating an experience that’s leaving millions in awe,” according to the company’s website.
Ms. Moses was excited to see such unique dance movements, especially the spin movements. She enjoyed how the dancers used their props, which she thought was unusual and very spectacular. And she also enjoyed the stories behind the dances.
With such a long history, Chinese culture has many stories and legends that Shen Yun draws upon for its mini-drama pieces.
“In less than ten minutes each, Shen Yun dances recount ancient myths, bygone heroes, or celestial paradises,” according to the company’s website. “Whether set in the past or in contemporary China, every dance embodies traditional Chinese values. Ideals of loyalty, filial piety, and veneration for the divine are cherished and celebrated. Heroes are extolled for their compassion and tolerance as much as their courage or determination when facing adversity.”
The couple was very impressed with the music and the orchestra. Ms. Moses thought the orchestra was fabulous.
Mr. Bacich was happy that the audience was enjoying the show. “The people we were sitting with were really enjoying themselves, also,” he said. “So the audience was having a good time, which makes it fun.”
Both Mr. Bacich and Ms. Moses said they would recommend the show to others. They encouraged everyone to go ahead and see Shen Yun, because it was difficult to explain just how good it was. “You must just go experience it yourself,” said Mr. Bacich.
Reporting by Flora Ge and Sarah Le.
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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