CHICAGO—“It was a fantastic show,” said Dr. Stephanie Wu after catching Shen Yun Performing Arts, on April 20, at the Civic Opera House.
Dr. Wu is Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, and Director of the Limb Preservation Center at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.
Shen Yun Performing Arts New York company aims to revive the traditional Chinese culture through music, song, and more importantly, classical Chinese dance. Many Shen Yun dances tell legends from the 5,000 years of Chinese civilization.
Dr. Wu said she particularly enjoyed the show because, although Asian, she grew up in the West. She said, “I thought it was very educational so for someone who grew up here. … I'm not all that familiar with the culture so it was very inspiring and educational.”
The rich Chinese history is something Dr. Wu was now appreciating.
To be specific Dr. Wu mentioned the vibrant colors in the show. Shen Yun is known for the striking colors of both its costumes and its digital backgrounds, which enhance and complement the costumes.
She also enjoyed the interplay between the orchestra and the dancers. “I loved the correlation of the music with the choreography,” Dr. Wu said. She called the choreography wonderful and the music amazing.
Attending the show with Dr. Wu was Robert Bacon who also appreciated the history presented. He was “intrigued [by] how they took the digital background and integrated it with the people coming on stage into the actual performance.”
Mr. Bacon was commenting on a special feature of the scenery which has delighted many viewers. Animated figures fly across the sky and then seem to land on the stage, at which point real performers continue the dancing.
Very unique,” Mr. Bacon said.
Reporting by Kerry Huang.
Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform at Chicago's Civic Opera House through April 24. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org