WASHINGTON—Two professionals, a medical doctor and an entrepreneur, attended the Shen Yun performance, on Jan. 24, at the Washington’s Kennedy Center Opera House.
The professionals were Shannon Bianchi, M.D., a pain and non-operative spine service doctor and a George Washington Medical Faculty Associate; and Michael Le, who says he is Vietnamese and an entrepreneur.
Mr. Le and Dr. Bianchi were impressed with what they saw on Saturday.
Mr. Le said, “We love Chinese culture. We are always interested in learning about other cultures and people. This show and this performance gave us an opportunity to really learn about Chinese culture.”
He added, “We loved the costume and the design, and all the complexity that comes with the performance.”
Mr. Le singled out an aspect of the performance for praise in addition to exposing the audience to Chinese culture. As well as ancient legends and myths, Shen Yun presents stories from contemporary China.
“You expressed important human issues, such as freedom of speech … you were able to express how you feel and the ability to have the freedom to dance. I liked that part,” he said.
Dr. Shannon chimed in and said, “That was a great addition.”
Dr. Bianchi said, “We both love Chinese culture. It was a very beautiful performance. The costumes were beautiful, and the dancing was amazing. The classical Chinese dance was very beautiful and very interesting. It also was very synchronized.”
“The dance performance was very synchronized, very harmonious and very fluid,” said Mr. Le.
According to the Shen Yun website, “Classical Chinese dance has a long history of thousands of years, passed down continuously within the imperial palace and ancient Chinese theater and opera.”
The performers’ costumes are “an authentic presentation of the attire that comes from China’s divinely inspired traditional culture, and a consummate stage effect,” says the website.
Dr. Bianchi said, “I loved the costumes and how they were just perfectly matched.”
Mr. Le said, “When they sing the music, not only does it match the lyrics, but it has a hidden meaning behind it.”
Referring to one of the sopranos, he said, “The way the soprano brought out the meaning gives you a lot of understanding and feel about how she feels about the songs. I liked the fact that it was very expressive and very moving and touching … I got goose bumps when I heard her sing, and basically I felt very touched.”
Reporting NTD Television and Heide B. Malhotra
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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