Art Historian Finds Shen Yun ‘Whimsical’

January 3, 2014 1:33 am Last Updated: January 3, 2014 1:33 am

DALLAS—Shen Yun Performing Arts graced the stage of the Winspear Opera House in Dallas on Jan. 2.

“Thought it was great,” said Andrew Norton, who works in data recovery.

Mr. Norton, who attended the show with Amy Fowler and her parents, was impressed by the entire spectrum of motion created by Shen Yun’s unique art form.

“I actually liked all the colors and movement,” he added.

Ms. Fowler, an art historian, said that it was her first time experiencing classical Chinese dance, but that the costumes really caught her eye: “I loved it. I liked the costume design.”

Shen Yun’s costumes are all-original pieces created to depict the various ethnic regions of traditional China. Each costume is presented with brilliant colors, displaying a splendid spectacle.

“A Shen Yun performance features the world’s foremost classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra blending East and West, and dazzling animated backdrops—together creating one spectacular performance,” according to Shen Yun’s website.

Ms. Fowler’s mother, Debbie, said that she was happy to learn about “a culture that I knew very little about. It was very inspiring.”

Ms. Fowler added that the entire performance was wonderful for “learning about the way the art brings the divine to the human world.”

“I really enjoyed it. Beauty,” agreed Wayne Fowler, Ms. Fowler’s father, a physician.

An important feature of each Shen Yun performance is the integration of a state-of-the-art digital background, which extends the stage to transport the audience to a world where heaven and earth are one.

“I thought that the backdrops were very well integrated into the performance,” Ms. Fowler said. “And I thought the movements were really whimsical. Whenever the actors were moving from the back to the real stage, I enjoyed that.”

Although Shen Yun cannot be seen in China today, where traditional culture has nearly been lost, Ms. Fowler noted that she intends to take full advantage of the performance when the time comes.

“I’m definitely interested in coming back to see next year’s,” she said.

Reporting by Catherine Yang and Michael Fitzgerald.

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.