BUENOS AIRES—Having seen Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company gracing the stage at Teatro Opera Citi, theatergoers were left enchanted.
Ms. Fatima Pardo, the manager of the French company Bivac, an international trade group based in Peru, said she enjoyed the performance so much that she wants the performing arts company to travel to Peru.
“If you could take this to Peru I would be delighted,” she said, adding that she would “immediately” spread the word about the performance.
The imparting of traditional culture is important, said Ms. Pardo.
“There has been little diffusion on what is Chinese civilization,” she said. “It is known, but for modern people, for children not so much, and I think this will help a lot.”
Shen Yun stirred emotions in Ms. Pardo, transporting her back into the past.
At the same time, she said, she found peace, and an interesting culture, “very rich and intelligent.”
‘Everything is perfect’
“I feel very nice,” said Gina Ying Liu after seeing Shen Yun the second performance on Friday. “Everything is perfect. The dancers danced perfectly.”
Shen Yun combines four main components into a performance that distills the ancient Chinese culture, one that is 5,000 years old and has values such as benevolence, sincerity, and honesty embedded into it, according to the website of the New York-based company.
The traditions seen in the performance imparted meaning to Ms. Liu. “I want to go back to those times,” she said. “I love it.”
At the core of a performance is classical Chinese dance, an ancient art form passed down continuously within the imperial palace and ancient Chinese theater and opera,”the Shen Yun website said. Additionally, the performance includes sopranos and tenors, digital backdrops, and an orchestra that seamlessly blends the two usually disparate sounds of East and West.
“This is how the effect is achieved: A Western philharmonic orchestra plays the foundation, while traditional Chinese instruments lead the melodies. The sound produced is uniquely pleasing to the ear,” states the website. “The ensemble at once expresses both the grandeur of a Western orchestra and the distinct sensibilities of China’s 5,000-year-old civilization.”
Ms. Liu, a photographer, said she felt a lot of beauty in the performance, and that she was sorry she didn’t bring her young daughter.
“I told that to my husband many times,” she said.
“I recommend it to all people, little children too.”
Reporting by Natalia Rodriguez and Zachary Stieber.
New York-based Shen Yun has three companies that tour the world each year on a mission to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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