LAS VEGAS—It is a rare gem when an experience can leave one feeling uplifted. Although popular entertainment can certainly provide a distraction, it isn’t like Shen Yun Performing Arts, a performance that leaves many audience members feeling lighter and brighter.
“This just lifts up your spirit overall, just makes you look forward to seeing the show next year. It changes every year.
“I think it’s actually very beautiful,” said Rachel Muniz, Senior Executive Support to the CEO at ASTOUND Group.
Ms. Muniz attended the traditional Chinese music and dance performance with her friend, Michael Dinatale, a hotel manager, who added, “I can’t wait to see the show next year, because it’s completely a different show—a new choreography.”
“I’m very spiritual; I practice the Buddhist religion. I do a lot of meditating. So I thought it was really beautiful that they show that aspect. That aspect is actually [a] very true representation of what part of China is all about,” Ms. Muniz said.
Part of what audience members love about Shen Yun is that the performance is visually spectacular. Ms. Muniz and Mr. Dinatale had similar feelings.
“Beautiful, just breathtaking, I think it’s super cultural. Just colorful and very vibrant,” Ms. Muniz said. “The dancers, they really carry the passion of the dance, the music, the culture, throughout the whole entire the show. It was just beautiful; I was blown away.”
“It was beautiful, colorful, interpretive, very wonderfully done, very wonderfully choreographed,” Mr. Dinatale said.
Shen Yun’s orchestra offers a unique blend of traditional Chinese instruments being highlighted within a Western orchestra. The music of Shen Yun has all original compositions and, like the dance, the music is newly composed every season.
“They were fantastic, completely wonderful,” Mr. Dinatale said. “Scored beautifully, the music was fantastic.”
While the orchestra was being introduced, Ms. Muniz let a little girl who was blocked from seeing the orchestra pit know there was a live orchestra playing. That put a big smile on the girl’s face.
The Chinese erhu, a two-stringed instrument that is featured in Shen Yun’s performance, also impressed Mr. Dinatale.
“That is such an amazing instrument, I was never aware of [it]. Maybe I heard of it before, but I didn’t know. That was superb. [The musician] was amazing,” he said.
Reporting by Linda Jiang and Maria Han.