Architect Loves ‘Vibrance of the Color’ in Shen Yun

By Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
May 4, 2013 Updated: May 5, 2013
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Shen Yun Performing Arts is at Philadelphia's Merriam Theater for five shows this spring. (The Epoch Times)

PHILADELPHIA—Shen Yun Performing Arts graced the stage at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia for its second show of five on Saturday afternoon.

Architect David Barisa was taken in by all the colors in the performance.

“I love the vibrance of the color. It draws you in and keeps you focused.”

Shen Yun, a New York-based performing arts company, features some of the world’s foremost classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra that blends Western and Eastern instruments, and many other features that make it unique.

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Mr. David Barisa at the Shen Yun Performing Arts performance at the Merriam Theater on May 4, 2013. (Frank Liang/The Epoch Times)

Each Shen Yun performance features hundreds of colorful handmade costumes, as well as breathtaking scenes in the animated backdrops accompanying the dance performances.

Mr. Barisa admired how the colors and costumes enhanced the performance.

“[I’m attracted by] the colors and the movements, using the clothes as part of the movements,” he said.

According to the Shen Yun website, in creating the costumes, Shen Yun’s costume artists collect countless designs of traditional attire from China’s history and culture.

“They use bright colors to tailor and recreate hundreds of new pieces each season. Every detail is given meticulous attention and is a result of artistic inspiration and careful polishing,” reads the Shen Yun website.

Besides the beautiful scenes created by the artists on stage, Mr. Barisa said he was also interested by the culture.

Shen Yun has a mission to revive China’s true, divinely inspired culture and share it with the world, according to its website.

“It’s very entertaining,” Mr. Barisa said.

“You get to see the culture, you get to hear the different types of music, and that’s what I was coming for.”

Reporting by Frank Liang

Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit

Shen Yun Performing Arts is performing at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia through May 5.

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.