ATLANTA—Chouaieb Saidi’s world is the visual arts and after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Jan. 15 he left fully inspired.
Mr. Saidi, a visual arts and design faculty member at the Art Institute of Atlanta, paid special attention to the visual intricacies of the performance.
“The introduction of the screen in the back and the possibility of showing a correlation between the real stage and the virtual stage in the back and the amazing synchronisation of the two, that’s one of the things that brought me to see this show—super well done,” he said.
Shen Yun’s digital backdrop is one of the company’s hallmark features. “With state-of-the-art graphics technology, Shen Yun’s digital-backdrop team creates vividly animated settings, extending the stage and transporting the audience to a world where heaven and earth are one,” reads the company’s website.
Mr. Saidi said what he was most amazed with was “the mixing of technology and ‘old China.'”
Indeed, this mixing of old and present day is a theme that carries through the performance. New York-based Shen Yun takes its audiences on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture, from the Middle Kingdom’s most ancient legends to modern tales of virtue and heroism.
“One of the oldest, most ancient cultures is definitely Chinese. We learn from the Chinese spirituality, Chinese connection to earth, to life. It always gives me another perception to life when I watch Chinese culture,” said Mr. Saidi.
“Most inspiring. It’s a great pleasure watching, and lots of creativity,” he said.
The visual spectacle of Shen Yun is also in its costuming, which Mr. Saidi also expressed enjoying.
Each Shen Yun performance features approximately 400 handmade, bright silk costumes with intricate detail work. “The designers stress harmonic balance and contrast. Their objective is an authentic presentation of the attire that comes from China’s divinely inspired traditional culture, and a consummate stage effect,” says Shen Yun’s website.
“Costumes are amazing,” he said.
Reporting by Steve Xu and Chris Ford
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.
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