ORLANDO, Fla.—Shen Yun attracts people of a wide variety of professions and ages. Ms. Grant-Henry, a high school student; Mr. Richard Henry, a software-company owner; Mr. Chuck Wilder, an estate lawyer; and Ms. Karen Reynolds, a nurse, together caught the Jan. 16 performance at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center.
“It was wonderful. I loved the wushu,” Mr. Henry said. Wushu, or martial arts, movements are shown in the dance Tang Dynasty Battleground.
“I loved the depiction of the persecution that is happening in China,” he said, referring to the Chinese regime’s persecution of the spiritual self-cultivation practice Falun Gong, also called Falun Dafa. “I really appreciate the way they interpreted that into dance.”
“One thing I noticed throughout …, you could feel the story, the story behind the dance,” Ms. Reynolds said. “Every dance had its own feeling.”
“The father and daughter, the one about the persecution [of Falun Gong], really brought home what is happening today. Sad to see that that is happening in the world. … Sad to see that people aren’t allowed to be free, to practice what they want to practice,” she said in reference to the dance An Unexpected Encounter.
Mr. Henry also admired the Mongolian Bowl Dance, in which Mongolian women emerge from their tents balancing bowls on their heads in a dance of welcome. “I thought it was very, very, very skillful,” he said.
The strength shown in the dance of the Han imperial court also won his admiration: “the men dancing, where they had their robes with the long sleeves.” “I thought it was very good, a very good depiction,” he said.
Mr. Wilder said he didn’t know if he could “take one part over the other, but they were all very colorful.” “I liked the color and the motion and all the flowing things,” he said, speaking of the costumes.
“The show was very, very good,” said Ms. Grant-Henry, the high school student. “We enjoyed it. We liked the colors. The dancers were gorgeous. I liked how the girls, when they danced, you didn’t hear them touch the ground. It was so light and airy—very light. Graceful.”
“I used to dance for seven years, but I stopped. This really made me want to go back to dance,” she said.
Reporting by Elaine Zhang and Louise McCoy.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s next performance in Florida will be at Jacksonville’s Times Union Center for the Performing Arts, Jan. 29 and 30. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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