MINNEAPOLIS—”It’s very enjoyable,” said Mr. Michael Stanzak. The Cadillac dealership owner joined the highly appreciative audience at the Orpheum Theatre on Saturday evening, March 10.
He elaborated, “The dance, the music is very entertaining. The Dance of the Qiang People,I thought it was very clever, very cute. And I liked How The Monkey King Came to Be—that was very entertaining, and then the Joyful Little Monks.
Classical Chinese dance is one of the most complex, expressive, and demanding art forms in the world, according to the company’s website.
Mr. Stanzak said, “But the dances! It’s very artistic, very beautiful. You could see that they practice for a long time, they rehearse. Their movements are very precise. It’s so well choreographed.”
Chinese history is rich with heroic tales, legends and mystical tales, and Shen Yun’s programs draw on this rich 5,000-year-old divinely inspired traditional culture, which Mr. Stanzak found extraordinary.
“It goes back so many years, 5,000 years, and they have a lot of traditions. They value wisdom and they value age and they are very respectful to people,” he said.
Mr. Stanzak was moved by the performances which touch upon contemporary issues in China. “The one piece, The Choice, I think that is very indicative of what’s going on in China right now. I thought it was very good. I liked it, especially at the end, when the good won out.”
Reporting by Yang Chen and Jeanmarie Lunsford.
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will be at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University in Indianapolis for two performances, March 13 and 14.
For more information, please visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.