WATERBURY, Conn.—Shen Yun Performing Arts gave theatergoers in Connecticut greater insight into traditional Chinese culture, performing in Waterbury on Thursday.
Murray Krugman, a professor at the University of New Haven and owner of the Silverwolf record label that helps put out Chinese traditional music, lauded Shen Yun after the full-house performance at Palace Theater.
“It was really transporting,” he said, praising the company’s use of dance. “It was … physical—left to right, front to back, up to down,” he said.
Classical Chinese dance is the main form of performing art featured in Shen Yun, the company’s website states, adding that it the dance is thousands of years old, has been developed into a comprehensive system, and can display the inner meanings of Chinese culture.
With Mr. Krugman was his friend Bobi Jentis, a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner, who similarly was impressed with the overall performance.
Shen Yun, said Ms. Jentis, was “totally wonderful” and “really transported [her].”
The company aims to bring back traditional Chinese culture and spread it throughout the world, the Shen Yun website says. Much of Chinese culture, which is said to be “divinely inspired” and is 5,000 years old, has been damaged throughout the six decades of Communist Party rule in China.
“It just transports one into another realm completely,” Ms. Jentis said of Shen Yun’s overall effect.
Shen Yun uses not only classically trained dancer, but includes an orchestra that joins together Western and Chinese instruments, and a digital backdrop that displays colorful, interactive scenery, the website states
As a health practitioner, Ms. Jentis noted that watching the performance was “totally [like] meditation.”
Reporting by Stephanie Lam and Jack Phillips.
Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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