PHILADELPHIA—Albert Nipon enjoyed a night of dance and music at a performance by Shen Yun Performing Arts at Philadelphia's Merriam Theater on May 4.
Mr. Nipon is famous for creating the Albert Nipon line of dresses, which became famous in 1984. His clients at the time included Nancy Reagan, Barbara Walters, Rosalynn Carter, and Mary Tyler Moore.
"The whole thing is beautifully choreographed," Mr. Nipon said. "This is far, far superior to what we saw in China."
Each Shen Yun performance combines dance, orchestral music, and animated backdrops. The company tours the world with a mission to revive China's divinely inspired culture.
Mr. Nipon attended the performance with his wife, Pearl Nipon, who designed many of the famous dresses.
"I didn't want it to end," said Mrs. Nipon. "We enjoyed it so very much. I'd like to see it again. It's absolutely sensational."
"For 5,000 years divine culture flourished in the land of China," reads Shen Yun's website. "Humanity's treasure was nearly lost, but through breathtaking music and dance, Shen Yun is bringing back this glorious culture."
"Their dance culture and their music culture, it shows a very good part of China," Mr. Nipon added.
For thousands of years, China's culture was "centered on the idea of harmony between heaven and earth," according to the company's website. People of all walks of life treasured values like righteousness, propriety, loyalty, and bravery.
Having spent years in the fashion industry, Mr. Nipon represents a well-qualified point of view on Shen Yun's costumes, which he said he greatly enjoyed.
"It was very entertaining. Just captivating. I was sorry to see it end so soon," said Mr. Nipon. "I would have like it to go on a little longer."
Reporting by Ivan Pentchoukov
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.
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.