SYDNEY—Nobuyuki Takai from Japan was having an interesting evening at the Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company’s presentation of classical Chinese dance, music and technology.
Mr. Takai is the managing director of Shiseido, a global cosmetic company.
He said the combination of “motion picture and dance” was amazing and “very interesting.”
Mr. Takai was aware that originally Japanese culture was influenced by Chinese culture.
“But today, I’m very impressed by the origin of what Chinese culture is—very impressive,” he said, adding that he was “a bit surprised.”
“Such a culture China has. That is amazing. Because I don’t know where—we know only monkey dance. But that is totally different from what I know. That was amazing.”
In the beloved Chinese novel, Journey to the West, , a legendary adventures of the infamous magical Monkey King and Pigsy is portrayed against the digitally projected scenes intrigued Mr. Takai.
“The combination of the motion picture and dance—the dance is also very speedy, and impressive. That is totally different from what I thought before.”
The digital backdrop designs complement and synchronize all aspects of the performance: the characters, color of the costumes, specific dance movements, props, lighting, the story being told, particular notes played by the orchestra, and special audio effects, says the company’s website.
Mr. Takai said he would encourage others to see a performance, “because it is different from the concept, perception of what I had before. Very different from what I thought.”
Reporting by NTD Television and Raiatea Tahana-Reese.
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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