ESCONDIDO, Calif.—“Wonderful show, just a wonderful show,” said Larry Hastings, Senior Vice President of Hastings Enterprises, about Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company’s Saturday performance at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.
Accompanying Mr. Hastings was his wife, Diana, a retired schoolteacher.
“It’s really quite entertaining,” said Mr. Hastings.
Shen Yun’s mission is to restore China’s 5,000 years of history through the performing arts of classical Chinese dance, traditional music, and operatic singing. The Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra is the first to blend classical Chinese instruments with Western symphonic instruments, offering a uniquely ethereal sound.
Through digitally animated backdrops the audience is able to visually experience the joining of heaven and earth. These and other stage props are “really beautiful, and just interesting,” said Mr. Hastings.
Mrs. Hastings agreed. “Oh, I think it’s marvelous. We’re really enjoying [the performance]. The props are just terrific and so colorful,” she said.
“Stage props strengthen a dancer’s ability to convey intricate emotions. When used to maximum effect, they add to the dances an extra lively spark, forming stunning images of beauty and splendor onstage,” says the Shen Yun website.
“I especially like the scarf usage … the way they flow, and it’s just really exciting,” said Mrs. Hastings. Some handkerchiefs are used to spin and twirl on the dancer’s fingertips, resembling flowers blooming, while others might reveal the dancer’s personality.
Mrs. Hastings said that Shen Yun was educational and that it would be good for children to see.
She also said that she would tell her friends “to come see it! Definitely!”
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will be in Escondido for performances at the California Center for the Arts until Dec. 31.
Reporting by Alice Su and Maria Banks.
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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