BOSTON—As Massachusetts and the city of Boston continued to clean up after the massive snowstorm that hit the region on Friday, Shen Yun Performing Arts brought warmth and delight to the Boston Opera House on Saturday evening, Feb. 9.
Dance instructor Shayna was in the audience. This was her first time seeing the New York-based classical Chinese dance and music company. She had decided to come because “it looked interesting,” she said. “So I figured I’d try it out and see what it was like.”
“I love it! It’s really good. I’m really impressed—it’s beautiful,” she said. She was particularly impressed by the dancers’ flips.
Flips, according to the Shen Yun website, are the most distinct techniques in classical Chinese dance, which has three main components—bearing, form, and technical skill—giving classical Chinese dance “special expressivity.”
“Bearing emphasizes internal spirit, breath, intent, personal aura, and deep emotional expression,” states the website. “Form refers to the techniques and methods expressed externally, including the hundreds of exquisite movements and postures.” And technical skill refers to a “series of highly difficult techniques, including jumping and leaping, turning, and flipping.”
“It’s really impressive,” said Shayna. “I can’t tumble quite as much as that!”
Reporting by Jingli Liu and Connie Phillips.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun New York Company is performing in Boston Feb. 9–12 at the Boston Opera House. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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