SAN JOSE, Calif.— As a chorus singer for 10 years and early childhood music teacher, listening to the Shen Yun Performing Arts vocalists was an enlightening experience for Ms. MaryAnna Alderete.
“The energy inside of my body is just moving more freely,” Ms. Alderete said after the performance at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts on Jan. 4.
The New York-based company’s mission is to revive 5,000 years of the divinely inspired traditional Chinese culture through art forms like bel canto style solo vocalists, an orchestra with a unique blend of east and west, and classical Chinese dance.
“The sopranos—I can feel them in my being—I’m vibrating; this energy is just moving through me … just absolutely gorgeous,” Ms. Alderete said. “And the tenor was so strong.”
“It was just a real pleasure to listen to them, and the music is gorgeous,” Ms. Alderete said.
The pieces sung are all original, written in Chinese with English and Chinese lyrics projected onto the digital backdrop, and piano accompaniment. The lyrics are “brimming with philosophical reflection about human life and deep layers of meaning, they traverse the boundaries of nation, race, and culture, and have been fondly received and appreciated the world over,” says Shen Yun’s website.
Ms. Alderete enjoyed the classical Chinese dance and artistry of the production. “Absolutely beautiful, the elegance the grace the colors the dance.”
Shen Yun’s costumes are custom designed for each dance, accurately depicting traditional dress from the different dynasties and regions of China presented on stage. Many of the dances tell stories, with traditional Chinese values and themes like good versus evil, benevolence and justice, and divine retribution.
“It was just beautiful,” Ms. Alderete said. “The beauty of knowing too that the light does prevail over the darkness, and the divine is always there no matter what.”
“It was a beautiful experience, and I’m definitely going to share it with people, and encourage people to come,” Ms. Alderete said. “I’ll be back next year, knowing that each year is different.”
Reporting by Lily Yu and Catherine Yang.
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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