SAN DIEGO—Shen Yun Performing Arts graced the stage at the Civic Theatre on Dec. 27, enchanting the audience with a revival of one of the most ancient cultures in the world.
Watercolor artist Cathy Golden was among the crowd.
Ms. Golden found the dances within the performance “very unique.”
“It was segments of different information, and beautiful costumes,” she said. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”
The details in the performance caught the artist’s eye, particularly the array of colors.
“It just was so delicate, and so pretty,” she said, “just every little detail.”
New York-based Shen Yun travels around the world purveying the 5,000-year-old Chinese culture, one that is both divinely inspired and was nearly destroyed by the ruling communist regime, according to the company’s website.
“However, the deeper spiritual core of the ancient culture, with its values of benevolence, honor, propriety, wisdom, and sincerity, as well as a reverence for the gods and the heavens, cannot be destroyed,” states the company, which takes as its mission the revival of this ancient culture.
At the core of Shen Yun is classical Chinese dance, an ancient art form imbued with principles and wisdom from every era and dynasty. Accompanying the dancers, who are adorned with handmade costumes, are an orchestra combining both classical Western and traditional Chinese instruments, as well as tenors and sopranos, and digital backdrops.
Ms. Golden’s daughter Shumei, who was adopted from China when she was one, also enjoyed the performance.
“I really liked it,” Shumei, who is now 12, said. “It was really sparkly and the dance was really cool.”
Overall, the performance was well worth seeing, and would be worth seeing again, said Ms. Golden, adding that she was “very blown away.”
“It’s fantastic, there’s so much to see,” she said. “You can see it again and again, and see different things.“
Reporting by Sophia Fang and Zachary Stieber.
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will be heading to Escondido for performances at the California Center for the Arts from Dec. 28 to 31.
New York-based Shen Yun has three companies that tour the world each year on a mission to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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