LOS ANGELES—Enzo Surdam, a musician and dancer, and his father, Mark Surdam, an architect, enjoyed the sold-out performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts on Jan. 27 at the historic Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles.
Mr. Enzo Surdam said he really liked the spiritual base of Shen Yun and was inspired by performance to integrate more spiritual elements into his own art.
The artists are reviving 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture, according to the company’s website.
Mr. Enzo Surdam said he also appreciated the Chinese culture in the performance, and liked how Shen Yun incorporated ancient Chinese history along with the current human rights issue of the persecution of Falun Dafa, in the dance An Unexpected Encounter. He said he thought most Americans probably don’t know about the issue.
He said he wished the artists would address the Falun Gong issue more. “I thoroughly enjoyed that. I’d hoped that they could go more in depth with it,” he said. “I’d like to see more Falun Dafa.”
As a musician, Mr. Enzo Surdam said he enjoyed the orchestra. “I don’t often get to hear oriental music in a symphonic setting, live, especially … Growing up I always heard oriental Chinese music from my grandpa, so it’s nothing new, but it’s nice to listen to,” he said.
“Very nice. I’ve enjoyed it quite a bit,” said the elder Mr. Surdam.
The younger Mr. Surdam also said, “I really enjoyed it.”
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts states their mission is to revive the five millennia of divinely inspired traditional Chinese culture.
Shen Yun is said to present the world’s finest Chinese classical dance, with a live orchestra, vibrant backdrops, and impassioned solo vocalists to enrich the performance.
Mr. Mark Surdam particularly liked the technique of the dancers. “I quite enjoyed the dancing,” he said. The movements of the dancing [were] like floating across the stage. It was beautiful.”
In his opinion the performance was “very illustrative” of Chinese culture, which he said he is already a little bit familiar with.
Reporting by Jana Li and Sarah Le.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s Touring Company is performing for one more day at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, Jan. 27. Look for Shen Yun Performances in Jacksonville, Florida and Washington D.C. starting on Jan 29. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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