CINCINNATI—Timothy Gary’s impression of Shen Yun Performing Arts is that it is beautiful. “It’s so warming, and I think it truly reflects the best character of China,” he said after the performance at the Aronoff Center for the Arts on Jan. 30.
The New York-based Shen Yun brings 5,000 years of Chinese civilization to the world through both music and dance: classically trained dancers, award-winning singers, and a full orchestra comprised of both Eastern and Western instruments.
What Mr. Gary saw in the performance was “a lot of respect for the culture, measured by the dance.”
Mr. Gary, who has practiced law for 52 years in Cincinnati, has, among receiving other awards, been named Ohio Super Lawyer in 2004, 2005, and 2007.
He was most impressed by the precision of the performances, and “knowing how much work has to be done before they can present,” he said.
Audiences often marvel at the synchronicity displayed by Shen Yun’s dancers. The award-winning dancers are said to be the best classical Chinese dancers in the world.
And classical Chinese dance is itself one of the most integrated and complete dance systems in the world.
Classical Chinese dance has a “long history of thousands of years, passed down continuously within the imperial palace and ancient Chinese theater and opera. Soaking up profound wisdom from every era and dynasty, it has become a complete system of dance embodying traditional aesthetic principles with its unique dance movements, rhythms, and inner meaning,” according to the company’s website.
After seeing an advertisement for the performance, Mr. Gary said simply: “I saw the publication and saw that’s worth going to.”
With reporting by Joan Wang and Sharon Kilarski
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit Shen Yun Performing Arts.
The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.