Mr. Lavallee attended the performance with his wife Mrs. Anna Lavallee, an optician, and the two were especially taken by the beauty and grace through which 5,000 years of Chinese civilization was presented.
“What came through for me was both the depth of the idea of both discipline … combined with its movement and its freedom,” said Mr. Lavallee. “It inspires a lot of emotions.”
A large focus of the New York-based Shen Yun’s performance repertoire is classical Chinese dance, an art form tempered through thousands of years and taking from each dynasty.
As the website and emcees explained, classical Chinese dance has its own set of training methods in basic skills, specific postures, and expressions. The vast and independent system of dance contain China’s deep cultural traditions, allowing for the movements to be richly expressive.
“It expressed what I understood but in a more visual and graceful way,” Mrs. Lavallee said.
“It’s the movements and what they were trying to get across,” Mr. Lavallee added. “Meaning and emotion.”
Reporting by Catherine Yang
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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