ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—Carl and Lyda Lindell attended Shen Yun Performing Arts’ last Florida performance of its 2012 world tour at the Mahaffey Theater on May 5.
Carl Lindell, a local businessman engaged in real estate, the automobile business, and banking, said, “It’s fantastic. It’s unbelievable. It’s beautiful!
“I love the screens [the digital backdrops]. I love the dancers, the costumes, the music. It’s all great. That’s why we came. We love the Chinese history and culture.
“It’s a very unique show all the way around—everything’s unique about it.”
Speaking of the dancers, he said, “They’re very athletic and amazingly gifted.”
“It’s beautiful, too—the colors and the back-lit screen, the costumes, and all. It’s just a nice experience. It really is,” Mr. Lindell said.
Lyda Lindell, an eye surgeon, said, “Oh, the show was lovely. I’ve never really seen anything like it. It’s very unusual, very athletic.
“I loved the silk sleeve dance [Sleeves of Silk] and the lotus dance [Lotus Leaves]. It was very beautiful, and I like the way the animation is done from the back. It was very interesting,” she said, referring to the animated backdrops.
Many audience members remark on the colorful and dynamic backdrops. The dancers appear to float seamlessly between the stage and the projected scenes.
“Projected behind the dancers, the hi-tech images lift the stage and set it amidst blossoming landscapes, deep forests, Mongolian prairies, or celestial paradises,” transporting the audience to another world, says the Shen Yun website.
“These digital backdrop designs complement and synchronize all aspects of the performance: the characters, color of the costumes, specific dance movements, props, lighting, the story being told, particular notes played by the orchestra, and special audio effects,” according to Shen Yun.
“The singers are powerful. Everything has been wonderful,” Mrs. Lindell said. “I’ve really never seen anything quite like it, and I’d love to see more.”
Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company, one of New York-based Shen Yun’s three companies that tour the world, performed to a full house in the evening.
Reporting by NTD Television and Louise Rothman.
Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture.
For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.
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