LOS ANGELES—“The gracefulness is nice, because it’s something that’s missing in our world today, especially in the Western culture. And the Eastern cultures have so much grace and femininity in women, still—and that, to me, is appealing,” said Mr. Paul Alnezian, who watched Shen Yun Performing Arts at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Jan. 26.
Mr. Alnezian, originally from Cyprus, is the Author of Reincarnation for Skeptics, a book about reincarnation from a Western perspective without religious connotations, using contemporary medical, scientific, and psychiatric approaches.
New York-based Shen Yun travels the globe bringing the divinely inspired authentic Chinese culture, and sharing the Chinese classic arts with the world. Through music and dance, Shen Yun depicts the various ethnic groups, majestic dynasties, and magical legends spanning 5,000 years of civilization.
Mr. Alnezian commented: “It’s entertaining. It gives us a nice perspective of what Chinese culture is.”
According to the Shen Yun website, “Classical Chinese dance is composed of three main parts: bearing, form, and technical skill. Other than complete training in the fundamentals, it also entails systematic training in movements and postures, as well as very difficult jumping and tumbling techniques. And so, alongside ballet, classical Chinese dance is one of the most comprehensive dance systems in the world.”
Mr. Alnezian said the overall gracefulness of the performance stood out for him.
“Beautiful—so visually captivating, and very nice,” Mr. Alnezian said, describing the costumes and overall experience.
Reporting by Lu Rusong and Masha Savitz
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will perform in Los Angeles at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion through Jan. 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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