Shen Yun ‘Steeped in tradition’

By Catherine Yang
Epoch Times Staff
Created: January 4, 2013 Last Updated: January 4, 2013
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DALLAS—Shen Yun Performing Arts’ revival of 5,000 years of Chinese civilization ranged from “whimsical to real,” for Ms. April Abney, who attended the sold out performance at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas with Mr. Russ Lambert on Jan. 3.

“I think it’s great, the costumes are amazing,” said Mr. Lambert, managing principal at TurnPoint Advisors LLC and his own law firm, specializing in advising high net worth investors. “You can see the classical, traditional elements.”

Watching the Shen Yun performers, Mr. Lambert said he could see “beauty, precision, teamwork” and a rich and diverse culture.

The New York-based company’s performances are filled with “stories, virtues, and fascinating details that weave from ancient times all the way to the present,” according to Shen Yun’s website.

The performance was “steeped in tradition, elegance, grace,” Ms. Abney, who is director of sales for Mary Kay cosmetics, said.

“Dance is one part of human culture,” Shen Yun’s website reads. “Classical Chinese dance is grounded in 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture, and is a dance art form built upon a deep foundation of traditional aesthetics. Classical Chinese dance is rich with expressive power.”

“[It’s] fabulous,” Ms. Abney said of the dancers. “I think the athleticism and the grace, it’s an incredible combination—beautiful.”

“The colors are stunning and the way that the bodies move—and the garments with the flow of the fabric,” Ms. Abney said.

Many of Shen Yun’s dances tell stories. Some are light and comical, such as vignettes from the classic novel Journey to the West, and a legend about the Shaolin monks, When Shaolin Monks Protected the Emperor.

“It gets me into the genres of all the elements,” Ms. Abney said.

Mr. Lambert said he enjoyed Shen Yun’s digital backdrops, which display animated scenes for each of the dances, which he felt added to the storytelling.

“It was a great way to use technology with that traditional element of [dance], it’s unique, I haven’t ever seen it before,” Ms. Abney said.

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 Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre through Jan. 6. For more information, visit

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