MINNEAPOLIS—Minnesota State Court Judge Richard Scherer attended the second performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts New York company on Feb. 23 because the ad he saw “just looked fascinating.”
Judge Scherer spoke about his impressions of Shen Yun, a traditional Chinese dance and music performance, after intermission at Minneapolis’s Orpheum Theatre.
“I am enjoying this very much. It is very well done. The staging is wonderful,” he said.
Judge Scherer learned that traditional Chinese culture goes back thousands of years. In fact, Shen Yun’s mission is to revive 5,000 years of divinely inspired civilization.
Shen Yun presents classical Chinese dances, folk, and ethnic dances, the latter representing some of the more than 50 different peoples of China.
The judge said that he loved one dance in particular, one right before intermission, called Dancing for the Gods, principally for its staging and music.
“Amidst the cold, harsh Himalayas, Tibetans retain a deep respect and reverence for the divine. As the curtain rises, a dancer extends a white “khata” sleeve in ceremonious offering,” the program states about this dance.
Another piece Judge Scherer particularly enjoyed was also an ethnic dance. “The other female [dance] that I really liked was the one with the long skirts striped with different colors. They twirled as part of the dance. The skirts went in circles. It was very beautiful,” he said.
He was referring to Inspired Dance of the Yi. In it, girls of the Yi ethnic group, wearing embroidered hats and rainbow-colored skirts, spin to reveal the beauty of their costumes.
Reporting by Stacey Tang and Sharon Kilarski.
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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