KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Business leaders were among the many arts lovers who packed Kauffman Centre for the sold-out Shen Yun Performing Arts on Tuesday night.
Bill Hewitt, Chief Marketing Officer and National Sales Manager for technology firm Crown Philanthropic Solutions, attended the Jan. 22 performance with Terry Terry, Transamerica’s regional vice president in retirement plan sales.
“Exciting show!” said Mr. Hewitt after the performance. “We’ve never seen anything like it before.”
“It’s a beautiful show and it is a wonderful representation of Chinese culture and art—it’s spectacular,” added Ms. Terry.
Mr. Hewitt was impressed with the high-level talent displayed in Shen Yun, as well as the flawless production coordination.
“The quality of the dancers, the quality of the execution [stands out],” he said.
New York-based Shen Yun is a world-renowned classical Chinese dance and music company. Featuring a collection of story-based dances, the performance aims to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture.
Along with digitally animated backdrops, a philharmonic orchestra incorporating traditional Chinese instruments, and stirring vocal soloists, Shen Yun’s three companies simultaneously tour the world.
It required so much balance and skill to perform the dancing while balancing the object on the head, I can’t imagine doing it myself!
“The dancers are fantastic and the show is nicely put together,” said Mr. Hewitt.
“There were 11 pieces in the first part—they were all great.”
One of the most memorable moments in the show was the dance piece entitled, When Shaolin Monks Protected the Emperor said Mr. Hewitt.
The story features the temple of the famed Shaolin monks, who are forced to battle ruffians to save the founder of the Tang Dynasty, Tang Taizong.
“That was cute, humorous,” said Mr. Hewitt.
Ms. Terry said she enjoyed the Mongolian Bowl Dance, which featured a large group of female dancers performing with bowls delicately balanced atop each of their heads.
“It required so much balance and skill to perform the dancing while balancing the object on the head, I can’t imagine doing it myself!” she said.
According to the Shen Yun program book, the folk dance aims to capture the character and inner spirit of Mongolian women.
“Traditional Mongolian dance is strong yet gentle, with flexible wrists, pliable arms, and a signature shoulder shake,” says the program. “Movements are relaxed but filled with an inner strength, and evoke images of geese in flight.”
Reporting by Stacey Tang and Justina Wheale.
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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