COSTA MESA, Calif.—Precision, imagination, and the wisdom of 5,000 years took the stage at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in a performance received by an enthusiastic audience at a sold-out house.
Shen Yun Performing Arts is a premier classical Chinese dance and music company based in New York, and its 2016 world tour is underway in the greater Los Angeles area.
“It is very important” to revive the culture, said Mr. Kevin Boner, an EVP of finance in the film industry, referring to the performing arts company’s mission to revive the authentic traditional Chinese culture.
“The show was fantastic, very beautiful dancing and a lot of fun. We really enjoyed it. It’s very energizing.” Mr. Boner said. “The precision and coordination [of the dancers] is stunning. It’s amazing! And the music is good. I like it. It is different. It complements the dance very well.”
Mr. Boner was pleasantly surprised at a sort of depth he saw in the performance. “I thought this was going to be just dance and music, but I realized it’s deeper than that. So I was surprised.”
In seeing the beautiful and entertaining visuals, he said, the mission of revival really came through.
“There is also something about the culture and the efforts to get it back,” he added.
Mr. Mark Miller, who was celebrating his birthday with his wife by seeing Shen Yun, had a similar experience.
“You first appreciate the aesthetic part of it, the dancing, the talent, the skills of the dancers and the musicians; then I think you have to go beyond that and try to identify with the spirituality of the show and the attempt to bring back culture, to reinstate the culture aspects. We should remember that,” he said.
Mr. Miller is the executive director of a teachers association. As an educator, he thought the performance was good for society, and for the next generation.
In an effort to revive the traditional culture, Shen Yun programs enable the audience to obtain insight into the essence of the Chinese culture—through dance, music, animated backdrops, ancient legends and heroes, and modern day stories.
“I think that’s a wonderful notion and I hope it’s successful in its endeavor,” Mr. Miller said.
“I think we have to stop to realize how much we benefit here in this country and we have to remember that not all have the benefits that we have.” Mr. Miller said. “I also think that a lot of culture has been lost and we need to do whatever we can to regain it.”
Reporting by Michael Ye and Sophia Fang
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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