Artists Enjoy Color and Playfulness of Shen Yun

January 20, 2014

NEW YORK—The Avegerinos got their tickets on Friday for Sunday’s sold out performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts at David H. Koch Theater in New York on Jan. 19. 

There were just seven tickets left in their price range, said Michael Avegerinos, who bought tickets for himself, his son, and his daughter-in-law. 

Theo Avegerinos, director of Americons, and directed/producer of five episodes of Cadillac Crew, Fifty Pills, and Fishing for Love, according to IMDb.

Mr. Avegerinos said there were universal values, such as compassion, and traditions in the New York-based Shen Yun classical Chinese dance and music performance. “That’s a kind message that obviously has got a lot of antiquity to it,” he said. 

Founded in 2006, Shen Yun’s mission is to revive 5,000 years of Chinese traditional culture. “Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales,” according to the company.

From the perspective of a filmmaker, Mr. Avegerinos commented on the state-of-the-art animated backdrop, which he said was “fun” and “playful.” 

His wife, New York-based jewelry designer Daria Avgerinos, said she loved the colors, particularly in the women’s dresses—”sort of the pinks with the teals and that turquoise, and it’s very pastel and beautiful.” “I like all the costumes a lot,” she added.

Mrs. Avgerinos has a studio in Tribeca where she teaches workshops and classes, and also lectures at schools and organizations around the country. She mainly works with 18 carat gold and gemstones. 

Mrs. Avgerinos added that the dance expertise was “quite impressive.” 

Shen Yun’s website states: “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.”

Michael Avgerinos joked with his family about seeing an ad for Shen Yun on TV, which prompted him to buy tickets: “I’m glad I changed my TV to high definition so the colors brought me here.”

Reporting by Hannah Cai and Ananda West

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.

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