SEATTLE—Judy and Nikita Dolmatoff said they couldn’t wait to see Shen Yun Performing Arts. In fact, they bought two pairs of tickets so they could see the performance twice. According to Mrs. Dolmatoff, “We had a lot of faith that it was going to be good.”
The couple agreed that they made the right decision. After seeing Shen Yun at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall first on Friday, April 8, and again on Sunday, they walked away feeling enriched and awed.
“Oh, I think it’s lovely,” said Mrs. Dolmatoff, who worked for the California Department of Motor Vehicles before retiring. “I marvel at how well the pieces are coordinated—the music, the choreography, the costumes, the way the costumes flow in time with the music almost. It’s just very well done.”
Shen Yun seeks to rekindle a tradition nearly lost. Through live music, dance, and vivid portrayals of China’s 5,000 years of traditional culture, Shen Yun takes its audience members on an artistic journey of visionary excellence.
“It’s wonderful—it’s just fantastic,” said Mr. Dolmatoff, who’s also retired from the California Department of Motor Vehicles. “It’s beautiful in its choreography, the dancing and the music, and especially the settings.”
“It’s just impressive and awe inspiring,” he added.
For Mr. Dolmatoff, the finest features of Chinese heritage and arts presented in Shen Yun really stood out.
“I think that’s special. Especially the artistic presentation, the aesthetics of Chinese culture,” he said. “Very nice.”
Shen Yun embodies the idea that ancient Chinese culture is divinely imparted. In fact, China was once referred to as “The Divine Land.” According to Shen Yun’s website, “This profound name describes a land where deities and mortals coexisted, and a belief that the divine transmitted a rich culture to the people of the earth.”
In the end, Mr. and Mrs. Dolmatoff felt that their trip to Seattle from Port Angeles was well worth two nights of exquisite entertainment.
“Yes, we’re staying here for 3 nights just to see this, nothing else,” Mrs. Dolmatoff said.
Reporting by Mary Zhang and Michael Fitzgerald
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.
Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.