DAYTON, Ohio—Shen Yun Performing Arts performance at the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center was something of a miracle, according to some patrons who hazarded high winds and severe weather warnings to see the spectacular show of traditional Chinese music and song.
Among the sold-out performance, on May, 1 was Benjamin Schuster who didn’t have to travel at all; he happens to live in the penthouse above the theater.
Mr. Schuster funded the beautiful building that housed the show in order to give something to the public. “I think if you stimulate the cultural performing arts, you’ve done a lot with your money,” he said.
He enjoyed the Shen Yun performance, saying: “I liked all the numbers. They’re done gracefully and show a lot of agility on the part of the dancers.
Shen Yun is known for its classical Chinese dance, a system of dance with thousands of years of history, passed down continuously within the imperial palace and ancient Chinese theater and opera. Soaking up profound wisdom from every era and dynasty, it has become a complete system of dance embodying traditional aesthetic principles with its unique dance movements, rhythms, and inner meaning, according to the company’s website.
“The costumes are great,” Mr. Schuster also said, mentioning another feature for which the New York-based company is known. The costumes, all handmade, are vivid with their colors perfectly coordinated to scenic backdrops behind the dancers.
Accompanying Mr. Schuster was Cynthia Solomon, President at Sheppard-Solomon Biomedical Consulting. She found the spiritual aspects of the show interesting.
Shen Yun dances depict stories from ancient through modern times, each in some way, upholding traditional Chinese virtues.
“My daughter saw the program in New York at the Lincoln Center and was very impressed also,” Mr. Schuster said.
“Well, it’s very well done, and we’re privileged to have them appear here in Dayton,” he said.
Built in 2003, the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center is home to the Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Designed by architect Cesar Pelli, the 2,300 seat theater serves as Dayton’s primary performing arts venue, hosting local, national and international performing arts groups.
Reporting by Valerie Avore 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