HOUSTON—Shen Yun Performing Arts’ first show of the 2013 season in Houston was a treat for the entire family for business founders Thomas Tsan and Kim Tang, and their two daughters.
“I think this is one of the most wonderful performances I’ve seen, ever,” said Mr. Tsan on Dec. 26 at the Jones Hall for the Performing Arts.
The couple co-founded an IT consulting firm, as well as Mama Tang’s Inc., based on an Asian vinaigrette family recipe. Mrs. Tang’s mother served her signature dressing during Hurricane Ike in 2008, when their family and four others took shelter in a single house, sharing electricity, comfort, and community. They then decided to share it with the world.
This is China—how it’s like, how it used to be, the costumes, the dance.
—Ms. Kim Tang, IT consulting company and Mama Tang, Inc. co-founder
“It was wonderful to learn about the Chinese culture, it was wonderful to see a lot more of the different performing arts, the different dances, techniques, from different parts of China,” Mr. Tsan said.
The New York-based company showcases traditional art forms imbued with 5,000 years of history, with classical Chinese dance and an orchestra that blends Eastern and Western instruments.
Mr. Tsan said he was particularly impressed with the dance, An Early Spring, where the female dancers toss and twirl sparkling handkerchiefs in an energetic dance. Along with being a visual feast, the show was educational and a great way for his two young daughters to learn more about the culture, Mr. Tsan said.
Mrs. Tang agreed. “It was wonderful, the show was great.”
“I brought [them to] the show to introduce the style, the dance, different dances from China,” Mrs. Tang said. “This is China—how it’s like, how it used to be, the costumes, the dance. So they enjoyed it, it was great.
With reporting by NTD Television and Catherine Yang.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world with a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. The Shen Yun International Company will be performing in Houston through Jan. 1. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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