CHICAGO—Barry Mitchell was pleased to see classical Chinese dance presented by Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company at the Civic Opera House on April 21. "I enjoyed [Shen Yun] very much," Mr. Mitchell said.
Shen Yun presents 5,000 years of divinely inspired traditional Chinese culture through storytelling expressed in classical Chinese dance, ethnic and folk dance, music, and soloists.
Mr. Mitchell, a retired CEO and previous president of a major energy services and distribution company, noted that the classical Chinese dance performance has some of the elements he was more familiar with as a board member of the Merit School of Music. He found it interesting that these elements originated in traditional Chinese culture.
He was very impressed with the beauty and discipline required of the dancers and the tradition itself. "Other than the fact that it is beautiful, a lot of discipline goes into what is being done [on stage]."
"I liked them all [the stories]. I do not think there was one that was better than the other, particularly."
Reporting by Kerry Huang and Cat Rooney.
Shen Yun has four more performances the weekend of Apr. 22-24 at Chicago's Civic Opera House before concluding its tour of the Midwest for 2011. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org