CHICAGO—“The show was phenomenal,” said Jason Kent, dean of a Chicago area High School, of the performance by Shen Yun Performing Arts New York company at the Civic Opera House, which he and his wife attended on April 20.
“The elegance and the grace was just unspeakable,” Mr. Kent said.
New York-based Shen Yun aims to bring an experience of consummate beauty to the world by reviving the traditional performing arts of China. It showcases classical Chinese dance used to tell ancient legends and also stories of modern-day courage.
Anna Kent loved the show, using the word beautiful to describe every aspect of it. She said, “The colors are beautiful. The dancers were beautiful. The whole culture is beautiful.”
Mrs. Kent, a professor and academic adviser at Chicago State University, said that this kind of performance is rarely seen and she was glad she had come.
She encourages others to see the show for both its beauty and for the cultural aspect it imparts. “I would highly recommend it. I would even want to bring my kids to see it. That’s how good it was. It’s a good cultural learning [of] facts; the art is very beautiful.”
Reporting by Stacey Hui and Sharon Kilarski.
Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform at Chicago's Civic Opera House through April 24. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org