District Director: Shen Yun, ‘One the best performances I have seen’
HOLLYWOOD Calif.—”It is one the best performances I have seen,” said Talin Mangioglu, district director for State Senator Carol Liu, of the sold-out opening night performance at LA’s Dolby Theatre on Jan. 22. The performance kicks off Shen Yun’s 2015 global tour in Southern California.
“I do enjoy coming to the theater and seeing the arts. I am a fan, but I must say, I think it’s one of the best I have seen in a very long time,” explained Ms. Mangioglu.
Ms. Mangioglu expounded on the dancers saying, “the flow of the dancers, the unity, the story that they are telling, you’re able to understand it, the background, it immerses you into the actual presentation. You almost feel as light as the dancers themselves. That’s the beauty of it. You’re completely captured in with the dancers.”
The fluidity of the dancers touched Ms. Mangioglu most deeply. “There is just something that, it’s almost like the slow motion of the sea, that just slowly but captures you, and embraces you,” she said.
According to Shen Yun’s website, 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, and so on.
She also described the unique orchestral music, which combines Eastern and Western instruments, as “very light hearted. You can literally close your eyes and float. It’s just a very uplifting and creative performance.”
“It goes to my core,” says Ms. Mangioglu of the cultural values expressed in the performance, “I think it depends on what a person’s belief is, but it is something that reads to me, so I enjoy it.”
“I think it’s a very nice eclipse of what is,” she said.
Ms. Mangioglu, who is of Armenian descent, identified with the Shen Yun mission to revive 5,000 years of Chinese authentic and majestic culture through ethnic, dance, music and mythology. “There’s a lot of culture that you can see, I mean it, there’s a lot of history that reflects. I think it’s part of the performance,” she said.
“It’s uplifting, I would say encouraging, because it was a reflection, to me, of traditional performances versus the modern. And that’s what I appreciate of it,” she said.
With a number of performances in the LA area, Ms. Mangioglu encourages everyone to buy tickets. “It’s a must see. It is a must see. At least once. It is a must see.”
Reporting by Michael Ye and Marsha Savitz
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.
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