PASADENA, Calif.—Gloria Sklerov, a veteran professional songwriter for films as well as singing icons Sinatra, Kenny Rogers, Anne Murray and Cher, was among the audience members, on April 29, in the Pasadena Civic Auditorium as Shen Yun Performing Arts visits the West Coast on the last leg of its 2011 world tour.
After the show, she said, "Well, that was a spectacular production. I really appreciate the talent and the choreography that went into it. There were many things that were absolutely beautiful about it."
Indeed, there are many features of the show that enthralls audience members.
Shen Yun is a New York-based music and dance company that includes a live orchestra that combines traditional Chinese and classical Western instruments. Each piece is original and arranged for each, specific, dance—even down to the hand movements. Mrs. Sklerov said about the orchestra, "It's lovely to go to the show and hear a lot of musicians."
Also, over 40 male and female dancers move to the music in intricately choreographed patterns.
Mrs. Sklerov commented that the "dancing was very precise."
But in addition to the unique orchestra and fine dancing, a larger-than-life, digitally animated backdrop accompanies each piece and provides rich imagery of heavenly paradises, peaceful Chinese countryside, and verdant Mongolian plains. Mrs. Sklerov enjoyed how the dancers on stage would leap from the stage onto the screen, where they would fly up in the sky.
Shen Yun's mission is to revive 5,000 year of divinely-inspired Chinese culture.
One aspect of the culture that particularly struck Mrs. Sklerov was a piece entitled Manchurian Elegance, in which noblewomen danced with their unique attire and chopine shoes. "I loved that part; I had never seen shoes like that," she said.
Shen Yun includes male and female emcees whose narration provides background and conveys the significance of each piece. Mrs. Sklerov liked how "the announcers were quite confident and articulate in the way they expressed everything."
Reporting by Lu Rusong and Albert Roman.
Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform in Los Angeles at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, April 28-30, and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County, May 6-8. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org