Designer Says Shen Yun ‘Absolutely Splendid’

By Mary Silver, Epoch Times
December 28, 2013 Last Updated: December 28, 2013

ATLANTA—An industrial designer was astonished by the technical achievements of Shen Yun Performing Arts. Blaine McCaleb said, “Oh, I really, really loved it. The talent was absolutely fantastic.”

One of the unique innovations of Shen Yun is an interactive projection, which performers appear to enter or emerge from. It is perfectly synchronized both with the dancers and the orchestra.

“I would definitely say the technical difficulties were absolutely incredible,” Mr. McCaleb said, adding that other theatrical productions “paled in comparison to this. This was absolutely splendid.”

According to the Shen Yun website, “With state-of-the-art graphics technology, Shen Yun’s digital-backdrop team creates vividly animated settings, extending the stage and transporting the audience to a world where heaven and earth are one.” It states that the backdrop designs “complement and synchronize all aspects of the performance: the characters, color of the costumes, specific dance movements, props, lighting, the story being told, particular notes played by the orchestra, and special audio effects.”

Though he had never seen Shen Yun before the Dec. 27 performance at Cobb Energy Centre, the art gave him an emotional response: “Oh yes, definitely emotional. Absolutely yes.”

Mr. McCaleb’s designs have been honored and exhibited at the Savannah College of Art and Design and elsewhere. He has done disaster relief work in New Orleans and internationally.

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.

The 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.