BOSTON—The Boston Opera House hosted Shen Yun Performing Arts, the world-renowned classical Chinese dance and music company, on Monday to the delight of theatergoers.
Marc Bolh, founder and president of healthcare consulting company Bolh Management Advisors, attended the Feb. 11 performance with his wife, France.
“It covers different aspects of life in ancient China,” Mr. Bolh said. “It’s very colorful, it’s very joyful.”
Ms. Bolh said the story-based dances made her feel as if she were experiencing the 5,000-year culture first-hand.
New York-based Shen Yun has three companies that tour to around 100 cities each year, reviving China’s divinely-inspired traditional culture.
Mr. Bolh was impressed by Shen Yun’s digitally animated backdrops, which reflect China’s multi-faceted ethnic regions and geography.
“The scenes in the background are quite phenomenal,” he said.
Ms. Bolh was dazzled by the hundreds of handmade costumes featured in Shen Yun and enjoyed the grace of classical Chinese dance.
“It was very light, very graceful,” she said. “I like the costumes, the colors.”
One of the most memorable moments for Ms. Bolh was The Mongolian Bowl Dance, which features women dancers balancing bowls delicately on their heads as they perform a dance of welcome.
“I thought it was very pretty, very delicate and very beautiful,” she said.
“That’s the one that I also liked,” added Mr. Bolh. “Very nice.”
According to the Shen Yun website, traditional Chinese culture and art forms thrived for thousands of years but were systematically destroyed over the past 60 years through the Chinese communist regime’s various campaigns, such as the Cultural Revolution.
Alec Loftus is a former reporter who now works as communications director for the state government’s office of Health and Human Services. He attended the Feb. 11 performance with Sonali Lappin, who also works for the government.
“The backdrop is really good,” Mr. Loftus said. “I like how they incorporate the dancers into the backdrop and animation. That’s one of my favorite parts.”
“I thought it was an exquisite display of traditional Chinese dance and culture,” Ms. Lappin added. “It was very beautiful.”
Reporting by Huiwen Ji and Justina Wheale.
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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