RALEIGH, N.C.—James and Nancy Wilson attended Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts on Jan. 20.
Mrs. Wilson loved the colors of Shen Yun, the movements of the dancers, and the challenging flipping and tumbling techniques incorporated into the dance. She found it quite different from she typically sees in classical western ballet. “It’s really been very enjoyable,” she said.
Based in New York, Shen Yun presents 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture through classical Chinese music and dance.
Mrs. Wilson said Shen Yun was much better than they could have ever expected. The Chapel Hill couple are both retired; Mr. Wilson is a retired professor.
Mrs. Wilson is a musician and plays the oboe. She said the Shen Yun Orchestra was a surprise and very good. “I wasn’t expecting to go to the orchestra—and there it is,” she said.
Mr. Wilson was especially fond of the graphics in Shen Yun’s digital, state-of-the-art animated backdrop. “They fit in very well with the dancing,” he said. “I don’t know how they made the water run the way they did. It was beautiful.”
Mrs. Wilson had a certain appreciation for the depth of the ancient Chinese culture. “I think it’s wonderful,” she said. she was touched by how Shen Yun is traveling the world and helping everyone learn about the real Chinese culture.
Mr. Wilson said that is interesting to see the mythology in ancient Chinese culture and stories, as opposed to the Roman and Greek Mythology in the West. He felt Shen Yun’s stories have universal meaning, and he felt the meaning was the same, but still different. “The Greeks borrowed some things from the Chinese,” he said.
Currently, Shen Yun cannot perform in China because of the communist regime ruling the country. The regime has sought to destroy the essence of Chinese culture, and nearly succeeded, according to Shen Yun’s website. Yet Shen Yun is reviving the divinely inspired culture.
Mr. Wilson has been to China before and said that they are familiar with some of the rules and restrictions. “I was careful when I was there not to take too many pictures of things because I didn’t know what the government [would do],” he said.
Reporting by Thai Ton and Kelly Ni.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s International Company will visit Charlotte Jan. 26-27. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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