ATLANTA— Mohammed Zakaria treated his wife, Monika Mohiuddin, and daughter, to the Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Jan. 3. The family loved their glimpse into 5000 years of Chinese history and culture.
There were many aspects of the performance Dr. Mohiuddin, a physician who works in family medicine, appreciated. “It was excellent, outstanding, I really liked it,” she said. “It’s very colorful, the movements are unique.”
Shen Yun has classical Chinese dance at its heart but also incorporates folk and ethnic dance. A blended orchestra of classical Western and traditional Chinese instruments playing original scores add an extra dimension to the performance.
Dr. Mohiuddin said, “The music, the orchestra was really excellent. I really liked the orchestra. I liked everything about it.”
Miss Zakaria, who has played the violin in an orchestra, appreciated the live orchestra and the Erhu solo. “I liked the entire thing, … I really enjoyed that part, like the musical aspect,” she said.
Shen Yun uses state-of-the-art digital backdrops which interact with the dancers, giving the audience glimpses into scenic landscapes, imperial palaces and heavenly realms.
Dr. Mohiuddin and her husband, and daughter agreed Shen Yun was a unique combination of music and dancers, and background, all working together to give a complete theatrical performance.
“I really like the sound effect and also what they had on the background,” Dr. Mohiuddin said.
“The dancers moved into the pictures and came back. It was very unique. The sound effect and the visual effect were very good.”
Mr. Zakaria, an IT professional, loved “the choreography.”
Reporting by Mary Silver and Leigh Smith