NEW YORK—Shen Yun Performing Arts performed before a full house at Lincoln Center in New York City on Jan. 11, wowing thousands of audience members from all walks of life.
One of those audience members was Scott Kraus, Vice President at Ares Management, an asset management company controlling a multi-billion dollar portfolio.
Krause said he was most impressed by the “grace of all the dancers dancing in a very coordinated fashion.”
“It is really beautiful and the symmetry was gorgeous as well,” he said.
Shen Yun Performing Arts is the leading classical Chinese dance company that is currently touring the world for its 2019 season. The performance marries music and dance to showcase the stories and arts inherited over 5,000 years of Chinese civilization.
The vice president thought the music played by Shen Yun’s orchestra was excellent quality. The orchestra is unique in that it includes both Chinese and Western instruments, creating refreshingly distinct yet still familiar sound.
He also singled out the performance by the erhu soloist.
“It’s very unique to see,” Krause said.
The erhu is a two-stringed instrument originating from China, which is said to produce a sound closely resembling to the human voice. Despite the fact it only has two strings, it has a wide pitch range, allowing the performer to draw out a complex set of sounds.
Krause was particularly impressed by the 3-D background and how it was integrated into the storytelling, such as when part of the plot is played out on the screen, or when characters interact with things projected on the background.
For the finance professional, it was ultimately the linking of the physical and the spiritual through the arts that resonated the most.
Krause said artistic expression is a way to connect with fundamental feelings that are spiritual in nature.
“Dance is a great way to articulate [the spiritual], and … manifest it in a physical way that people can experience and see,” he said.
Seeing this consummated on stage by Shen Yun reminded Krause of a fundamental truth: that beauty exists.
He said it reminded him that beauty “can be manifested in physical form.”
“And by seeing it, it hopes to remind you.”
With reporting by Mary Mann and Cathy He.
The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time and has covered audience reactions since the company’s inception in 2006.