THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.—”I think it is all wonderful. It takes my breath away,” said Diana Boydstun of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Fred Kavli Theatre on Wednesday night, Jan. 23. Ms. Boydstun, an artist who works mainly with sculpture and fabrics, deeply appreciated the discipline the dancers had cultivated to perform at such a high level.
“The cast works very hard … It takes so much training and concentration to partner with your other cast members and to make everything synchronized so beautifully.”
Based in New York, Shen Yun is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company, presenting 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture though story-based dances that bring to life legends of Chinese history.
The performance focuses on classical Chinese dance, along with folk and ethnic dances, a live orchestra with both Eastern and Western instruments, an interactive digital backdrop, and solo vocalists and musicians for one spectacular evening.
Ms. Boydstun appreciated the synchronization of all the different aspects of each segment. “To coordinate, one’s body and to create an effect that others see with the costuming and have it be fluid and graceful is such a talent.”
The genuine traditional Chinese culture portrayed made quite an impression on Ms. Boydstun. “I feel a great deal of beauty and emotion that goes into the dance, and the artists try very hard to help the audience engage with them and their story through everything they do.”
In good spirits after the performance, Ms. Boydstun said, “This has been a wonderful performance and I wish you much luck in your US tour.”
Reporting by NTD Television and Derek Padula.
Shen Yun Touring Company will be at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles, Jan. 25 -- 27.
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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