NEW YORK—The final Shen Yun Performing Arts show was met with an enthusiastic audience on Sunday, who packed the halls of the Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater to witness 5,000 years of Chinese culture.
Roger Blissett, of RBC Capital Markets and also serves as the Institute of International Bankers' Vice President, attended the performance with his wife and daughter.
Shen Yun "is very, very impressive," he said, adding that he particularly enjoyed the dance 'Recalling the Great Qin' because of the the elegance of the dress. He also enjoyed the ethnic Mongolian folk dance 'Herding on the Grasslands.'
The performance uses classical Chinese dance as its medium of expression. The dancers have to master a vast and systematic training that is technically demanding.
The dance involves "a series of very difficult moves—jumps, flips, twists, and spins that have been a part of classical Chinese dance for thousands of years," according to Shen Yun's website.
Mr. Blissett noted the intricacy of the dance and the cultural experience presented in Shen Yun.
"Just in terms of the richness and the diversity of the culture," he said. "I like the dance, the dance is very expressive, the dancers have done a great job. It’s very, very interesting."
His wife, Miryam, an interior designer, said the handmade costumes caught her eye.
"I absolutely love the costumes and the setting," she said, impressed by "the beauty of it, just the fabrics, and just how they’re made."
There are hundreds of exquisitely-made costumes in each Shen Yun performance, bring to mind China's dynasties, ethnic groups, and regions.
She noted that Shen Yun's presentation of traditional Chinese culture "appeals to all your senses."
"It’s not just visual, but you feel it emotionally as well," she added.
With reporting by Mike Chen and Jack Phillips.
One of three companies touring the globe simultaneously, the New York Company travels next to Schenectady, NY, to perform at Proctors Theatre on Jan. 19, and then continues its tour to perform at The Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington D.C., Jan. 26-30.
For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.