Arts Philanthropist Says Shen Yun Is Phenomenal
NEW YORK—Constance Cowart is a philanthropist from New Orleans who raises money for the arts. It was an audition for a program at the Metropolitan Museum, for young artists, that she was involved with that brought her to New York. And as any performing arts lover would, she attended a performance at Lincoln Center during her stay.
On March 10, Ms. Cowart saw Shen Yun Performing Arts at the David H. Koch theater. It was a large production, and she lauded every aspect.
“It’s wonderful. The colors are just magnificent. And the gracefulness—it’s just phenomenal. It truly is. It’s a surprise and it’s also … It’s just beautiful. It’s just truly, truly beautiful,” she said. “The colors, the choreographer is wonderful. And anyone should definitely come see it. It’s really special. It’s really special.”
Ms. Cowart is a visual person she explained, so she loved the color and costumes. Every dynasty brought a different color palette: bright turquoise dresses in the Han Dynasty, vivid corals and yellow in the Sui Dynasty, light violets and pinks in the Qing Dynasty, and several more striking combinations throughout. New York-based Shen Yun seeks to revive the traditional Chinese culture through the arts.
She enjoyed the non-visual additions to the performance as well: a baritone and tenor sang original Chinese songs with the bel canto technique during the first half of the performance. As a former board member of the New Orleans Opera, it was only natural she would pay close attention to their voices.
“It had a spiritual undertone to it, which I loved, and it’s very uplifting. It’s beautiful. And it makes you feel good. It [is] happy, upbeat,” she said.
“I like large productions, and this is a very large production,” she said. “They are to be congratulated.”
Reporting by NTD Television and Catherine Yang
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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