ROCHESTER, NY—On Saturday, Shen Yun Performing Arts, the world renowned classical Chinese dance and music company, opened at the Rochester Auditorium Theatre.
Gown and costume maker Pat Parker had been waiting four years to get the chance to see the performance after being out of town or otherwise obligated during previous tours. Interviewed at intermission, she shared her delight with Shen Yun’s hundreds of handcrafted costumes.
“I love the costumes…I love them. They’re beautiful,” Ms. Parker, who used to make wedding gowns and figure skating costumes.
Designed after careful studies and artistic inspiration, Shen Yun’s brightly colored costumes aim to present the attire originating in China’s divinely inspired culture, according to the company website.
She appreciated the colours, the design and also the manner in which they are used in the performance.
“It’s like an extension of the arm, the way they built the costumes with the sleeves,” said Ms. Parker.
She said she was particularly impressed by the Mongolian Bowl Dance in which the female dancers balance bowls on their heads in a graceful dance of welcome. She also commented on Dancing for the Gods, a Tibetan ethnic dance in which the men extend “a white khata sleeve in ceremonious offering,” describes the program book.
“They’re very strong looking but yet the sashes, the way they move, I liked that too,” she said.
Based in New York, Shen Yun was established in 2006 by a group of overseas Chinese artists with a mission to revive China’s 5,000 year-old divinely inspired culture.
Through performances of classical Chinese dance and music, Shen Yun brings ancient myths and legends to life, as well as contemporary tales of courage.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun will be in Rochester for one more show on Sunday, Feb. 17. For more information, visitShenYunPerformingArts.org
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