DENVER—Cheering audience members expressed their joy at the return of Shen Yun Performing Arts to Denver’s Buell Theater on Feb. 22, with a standing ovation. Chris Balster, an executive marketing specialist, was among the audience. “I really enjoyed it!”
In his opinion, the artists conveyed a spiritual theme through choreography, color and music. “It was very clean and refreshing. It was bright. Part of that was reflected in the dance, the music and the song, also in the clothing and the colors, and the flow of everything was very clean and fresh.”
New York-based Shen Yun is the premier classical Chinese dance company. According to its website, a performance by Shen Yun is a presentation of traditional Chinese culture as it once was: a study in grace, wisdom, and the virtues distilled from the five millennia of Chinese civilization.
Mr. Balster, who has traveled to China, appreciated the expression of cultural elements in Shen Yun’s performance. “I thought it was excellent, very entertaining, and also the ancient culture that was brought out in the performers was excellent … It also tied in some of the more modern culture and brought the two together.”
Classical Chinese dance has three main components—bearing, form, and technical skill. In addition, it has absorbed “profound wisdom from every era and dynasty, it has become a complete system of dance embodying traditional aesthetic principles,” according to Shen Yun’s website.
“I definitely understood and respect the fact that they’re tying in the inner elements in this production tonight. I think that the spiritual elements they were showing tonight were very interesting,” Mr. Balster said.
He also simply had a good time. “It was just enjoyable! It was fun to watch, and to be a part of.”
Reporting by Flora Ge and Robin Epps.
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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