NEW YORK—Dancer and native of China Coco Wang said Shen Yun Performing Arts is presenting the true traditional Chinese culture on stage.
“I think Shen Yun chose to showcase the best parts of the Chinese dance, some of the very fundamental, very traditional components,” Ms. Wang, 27, said after seeing the New York-based company at Lincoln Center on April 27. “I think it’s great. I never see this in China.”
Shen Yun’s mission is to revive the ancient Chinese culture, after it was nearly decimated by the ruling communist regime.
“For 5,000 years divine culture flourished in the land of China,” states the company’s website. “Humanity’s treasure was nearly lost, but through breathtaking music and dance, Shen Yun is bringing back this glorious culture.”
Ms. Wang began studying dance at the age of 13 and said she loves dance. She is in the United States pursuing an MBA at St. John’s University.
Ms. Wang lauded the skill of the Shen Yun dancers. “They have great techniques, they stretch very well, and they have very lithe bodies,” she said.
Classical Chinese dance, a form of dance that enables very expressive dance pieces, is at the heart of a Shen Yun performance, along with ethnic and folk dance (such as Mongolian and Tibetan dance), and story-based dance. The dancers are adorned with handmade silk costumes and accompanied by digital backdrops and an orchestra that melds both classical Western and Chinese instruments.
Ms. Wang expressed support for how Shen Yun, unable to currently perform in communist-ruled China, can present traditional Chinese culture in the United States.
“I think America is really a free country,” she said. The artists of Shen Yun are “very brave,” said Ms. Wang, and added, “They care about the culture.”
After seeing the performance, Ms. Wang also said she wants to join Shen Yun.
Reporting by Ananda West, Amelia Pang, and Zachary Stieber
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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