LAS VEGAS—After waiting two years to see Shen Yun Performing Arts, Marianne Wojciechowicz did not know what to expect. Upon finally seeing it, she was stunned. “It was breathtaking,” she said at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Jan 22.
Ms. Wojciechowicz did ballet for 25 years from the age of 3 and danced for a ballet company for a few years. She now does folk dancing, and attended the performance with Doug Bradfield who works in public relations and marketing. Together they appreciate the arts and have organized events for USO such as “Dancing with the Troops.”
“The dancing, the choreography, the acrobatics, it was amazing, totally amazing,” Mr. Bradfield said. “Just watching it, you felt a part of the entire show, and I’m stunned. It was beautiful.”
Ms. Wojciechowicz appreciated the opportunity to view another culture through the universal language of music and dance.
“It’s amazing! … Dance is a universal language, and culture crosses language, it crosses oceans. Even though it was different, it was nice to see the similarity of feeling, of pride in your history. That transcends everything,” she said.
Shen Yun is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company. Classical Chinese dance is a complete system of dance embodying traditional aesthetic principles with its unique dance movements, rhythms, and inner meaning.
The company website states, “Through expression of bearing and form, beautiful dance movements bring out the inner meaning of intrinsic thoughts and feelings, reflecting the peculiarities of human nature, the standard for human conduct, moral concepts, mental state, one’s value system.”
Ms. Wojciechowicz was amazed by the technical ability of the dancers and their ability to convey emotion and inner feelings through the dance.
“The dancers were so artistic, so athletic, so proficient in what they do, but there’s such a sense of tranquility … They almost looked like they were floating. They never looked like their feet touched the stage,” she said.
“Every dance was a vignette, it was a story, and yet everyone was different and unique and it had something that the others didn’t. There was another element or another story or another focus on what the dance was. They did some of the classical dances and then they mixed in the folk dances, but you still saw all the elements, the same that was kind of a unifying theme.”
Mr. Bradfield added, “It was a beautiful show. The orchestra was fantastic. Everything seemed to flow. I’m just amazed at how everything was synchronized, and how everything had a genuine feeling of happiness.”
“I’m walking away thinking how wonderful it was,” he said. “You know, that good always beats evil,” referring to some of spiritual themes in the vignettes.
Both Mr. Bradfield and Ms. Wojciechowicz vowed not to miss Shen Yun again, excited to see what new dances would be in the program next year.
Reporting by Steve Xu and Leigh Smith
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.
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