COSTA MESA, Calif.—Steven Choi, mayor of Irvine since 2012, has seen advertisements for Shen Yun for years, but never found the chance to attend.
This year, not only was he able to buy tickets, but he was also invited to go with friends, and he was delighted to see the performance with them at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Sunday evening, Feb. 1.
“It’s wonderful,” he said. “It’s a very impressive performance.”
New York-based Shen Yun was formed in 2006 with a mission to bring 5,000 years of true, divinely-inspired Chinese civilization to life through music and dance.
“Their perfect performance is very, very impressive,” said Mr. Choi. “Their hard work is paying off to entertain so many people. We appreciate it.”
According to Shen Yun’s website, “A Shen Yun performance features the world’s foremost classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra blending East and West, and dazzling animated backdrops—together creating one spectacular performance.”
Mr. Choi said the dancers’ skills were just “perfection,” and he was amazed at the difficult athletic abilities that are inherent to classical Chinese dance, such as flips and jumps.
“I am learning that is a very basic style of Chinese dance,” he said. “So it’s not only dance skills, but their agility is required. I’m impressed.”
Mr. Choi enjoyed the interactive animated background as well, which allows the performers to appear to fly into the air and perform other superhuman feats from ancient Chinese legends.
“It’s modern technology, plus the Asian Chinese dance. It’s well combined.”
The original music pieces performed by Shen Yun’s live orchestra were also impressive to Mr. Choi. He appreciated the bilingual hosts who stepped in to introduce each performance, saying it helped him better understand the story behind each dance piece.
Mr. Choi said he enjoyed the performance and would encourage everyone to come and see Shen Yun.
“I think it has value for people to see it everywhere,” he said.
Reporting by NTD Television and Sarah Le
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.
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