GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—After watching Shen Yun Performing Arts at the DeVos Performance Hall on Tuesday night, Feb. 11, Robert Brown said that his friends need to see the performance, too. “I love it,” the retired vice president said of the classical Chinese dance and music company.
“The dancers, the costuming the music—it’s all great,” said Mr. Brown, who worked for Iso-Trude, Inc., before retiring.
Shen Yun aims to revitalize traditional Chinese culture, as well as its arts and its values, which have been all but lost under communist rule, according to the company’s website.
Mr. Brown believes Shen Yun is doing a very good job of fulfilling its mission. He especially liked the ethnic dances, such as the chopstick dance, which show different traditions.
Of the 20 or so dances Shen Yun performs, some are ethnic dances that show the breadth of Chinese culture. Others rely on classical Chinese dance, known for its technically demanding flips, spins, and leaps.
Mr. Brown noted the athleticism of the dancers. But what touched his heart most was the beauty of the performance: “Just the quality of the dancers, the movements, the costumes—everything,” he said.
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 ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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