COSTA MESA, Calif.—“Amazing! Fantastic!” said Charles Sine, co-founder and CEO of SineCharles Consulting LLC, which specializes in software implementations for Global 500 companies.
Independent and nonprofit, New York-based Shen Yun was established in 2006 by artists from around the world with the mission of reviving China’s divinely inspired traditional Chinese culture, which had nearly been completely destroyed by the current regime in China over the last several decades.
Mr. Sine was impressed by the unique “art of storytelling” woven into the ancient Chinese culture. “The storytelling is wonderful,” he said.
Touched by the beauty of the Chinese culture conveyed by Shen Yun, he added, “I’m from Africa, and so the stories also apply to my culture, and so the cultural context of the stories is fascinating.”
According to the Shen Yun website, “In less than ten minutes each, Shen Yun dances recount ancient myths, bygone heroes, or celestial paradises. Whether set in the past or in contemporary China, every dance embodies traditional Chinese values. Ideals of loyalty, filial piety, and veneration for the divine are cherished and celebrated. Heroes are extolled for their compassion and tolerance as much as their courage or determination when facing adversity.”
Mr. Sine praised the Shen Yun soloist, and was touched by the spiritual meanings in the lyrics. “I was more impressed with the singing of the soprano,” he said. “And the content of the singing, you know the spiritual messages that the songs carried. I thought that was fascinating.”
Interspersed between the dance pieces are operatic singing pieces, performed in bel canto style with Chinese lyrics with a translation projected on the digital backdrop.
The website explains, “Brimming with philosophical reflection about human life and containing deep layers of meaning, the texts go beyond the boundaries of nation, race, and culture, and have been fondly received and appreciated the world over. Some audience members even express that Shen Yun’s vocal pieces are reminiscent of sacred music.”
Mr. Sine also praised the Shen Yun Orchestra, which is known for using both Eastern and Western classical instrumentation.
“The combination of Chinese and Western instruments I think was fascinating,” he said.
Reporting by Mandy Huang and Thanh Le
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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