ESCONDIO, Calif.—”We purchased our tickets four months ago,” said Dr. James Capers, a TV host who attended Shen Yun Performing Arts on Dec. 28 at California Center for the Arts, Escondido.
Dr. Capers wanted to let the writers, producers, and supports of Shen Yun know about the early purchase.
Shen Yun is a New York-based classical Chinese music and dance company that was established in 2006. Its mission is to restore and revive China’s 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture, according to the Shen Yun website.
Dr. Capers, who did not need much prompting to express feelings from the show, was drawn to the show and wanted to buy tickets “front and center” “because [of] the energy from the advertisement.”
“The dancing was absolutely exquisite; the precision, the timing, the rhythm, the authenticity of the different regions were clearly indicated. The costumes reflected the regions of each place. What I liked most was the screen, the background screen,” said Dr. Capers.
One distinguishing feature of Shen Yun is the animated projections that form the backdrop of each piece; they extend the stage and allow the audience to experience ancient Chinese legends and myths as if they were on the scene.
“The wonderful synchronization [of] the movement from screen to stage truly indicated good direction: I was just extremely pleased,” said Dr. Capers.
“I love the selection of music, the choreographic demonstration throughout the entire show shows cleverness and genius.
“I think that on a scale from 1 to 5, I would definitely give it a 5 and that is without prejudice because the show was so good. The costumes were so nice I think that I can only say that I was disappointed that it ended—I wanted more!”
Chinese culture is deeply imbued with spirituality. “Principles such as benevolence and justice, propriety and wisdom, respect for the heavens, and divine retribution, all come to life [in the show], washing over the audience,” according to the Shen Yun website.
Dr. Capers said, “I sense the spiritual message [from Shen Yun]: That they are reaching out to people to show love and unity through the method and practice of spiritualism, Chinese spiritualism. The message is quite clear, love, piece, harmony, not abuse. I believe at this point in our lives, that message is necessary. We need that message.”
Dr. Capers feels that Shen Yun dancers “share and bring forth something which is extraordinary. And that extraordinary concept that they have through dance, rhythm, singing, love and sharing, is how to infiltrate those who do not have an insight and awareness, on what the Chinese culture is going through, and what they have to offer.
I can only say, that the show has made me smile, has brought forth to me great joy.
“I can only say, that the show has made me smile, has brought forth to me great joy, and I could see it again, and again, and again. And always something new would probably be revealed to me. That is a true performance, and you can quote me on that,” said Dr. Capers.
Reporting by Lu Rusong and Albert Roman.
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will be in Escondido for performances at the California Center for the Arts through Dec. 31.
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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