NEW YORK—The final performance of New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center met with glowing reviews. One attendee, Mr. David Anteby, an apparel Company Controller and certified public accountant, simply loved it.
"I am very impressed with the costumes, the design, and the talent of the dancers. The story line is amazing and the choreography is most beautiful," said Mr. Anteby. Mr. Anteby was joined by his wife, Marlene.
The stories that Shen Yun tells are told through dance. The highly trained classical Chinese dancers tell a story of either ancient China or some of even modern times.
He said one of his favorite pieces was a drum performance.
"I like the piece with the drums because I always like the ready-mixed sounds of that instrument and the beauty of the dance that goes along with it," he said. "It is very beautiful and the music is wonderful."
It was his first time to see Shen Yun, and he said he enjoyed the experience immensely, adding that he was sorry it was the last show in New York because he would recommend it to his friends and family.
Mrs. Anteby also enjoyed the show, and said she enjoyed learning about Chinese culture.
"I enjoyed all that spiritual stories and history. I find that very interesting, and what they went through, their voyage, and what they are still going through," she said.
In her mention of what the Chinese people are still going through, Mrs. Anteby was referring to some of the dances which depicted the current struggles of Falun Gong practitioners under communist rule.
Mr. Anteby added that Shen Yun was a wonderful experience for him in great part due to the high level of the production values.
"I always enjoy beautiful music, and when it is combined with beautiful dance it is the ultimate enjoyment for me," he said.
With reporting by SOH Radio and Genevieve Long
One of three companies touring the globe simultaneously, the New York Company travels next to Schenectady, NY, to perform at Proctors Theatre on Jan. 19, and then continues its tour to perform at The Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington D.C., Jan. 26-30.
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