HOUSTON—Catherine Winkler, award winning papercutter artist from Switzerland, saw Shen Yun Performing Arts in Houston and was taken by the artistry of the performance.
“Being an artist, I like the history, the art, the culture,” Mrs. Winkler said at the Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in Houston, Dec. 28, where she attended the performance with Mr. Dan Winkler.
Mrs. Winkler noticed the costumes in particular, and said she loved how they linked to the history.
New York-based Shen Yun revives 5,000 years of Chinese civilization, which is said to be divinely inspired. One of the aspects is in the traditional Chinese attire, according to the website, which is said to be passed from the divine.
“I think the costumes are pure magic,” Mrs. Winkler said.
The brilliantly colored costumes combined with the digital backdrop created an impressive effect for Mrs. Winkler.
The backdrop shows scenes from Tang dynasty palaces to an ancient seaside, and the animation allows the dancers to seamlessly transition from stage to screen in the story-based dances.
“I think that’s a great, great part the way they’ve done it. It was really brilliant,” Mrs. Winkler said.
Mr. Winkler said he saw in the traditional Chinese culture common values of what all people are striving for, and the struggle between good and bad in the stories Shen Yun told.
“It was great,” Mr. Winkler said. “It was a great performance—enjoyed it.”
Reporting by Mei Zhong 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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