CHICAGO—Although retired now, Diane Roth, owned a travel agency in Chicago and has been to China many times. Nonetheless, she felt Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company, which she saw perform at the Civic Opera house, on April 16, outshone anything she’d seen before: “but this is spectacular, absolutely spectacular.”
Shen Yun Performing Arts tours the world with three companies, bringing the glory of traditional classical Chinese dance and folk dances wherever they go.
Dennis Taylor, also attending Shen Yun the same night, owns a construction company on the South side of Chicago. “I enjoyed the dancing and the costumes especially,” he said.
Of the dancing, Mr. Taylor noted “a nice fluid type of motion, like acrobatics and dancing at the same time.”
Mr. Taylor was commenting on the nature of classical Chinese dance, one of the most expressive dance forms in the world. It requires elaborate training in order to perform its very athletic leaps, spins and turns. In fact, as the Shen Yun hosts point out, acrobatics originally came from classical Chinese dance.
Even though Mr. Taylor was not familiar with Chinese culture, he enjoyed the beauty of the experience: “The costumes were nice, beautiful costumes.” He mentioned that the dancers were beautiful, too.
Reporting by Mike Chen and Sharon Kilarski.
Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform at Chicago's Civic Opera House through April 24. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org