SAN FRANCISCO—Shen Yun Performing Arts’ revival of 5,000 years of Chinese civilization had been a unique experience for Mr. Christopher Bott, vice president of Pacific Pension & Benefit Services, seeing it with a friend at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, Jan. 10.
The pair had been interested in the history of China, and New York-based Shen Yun did not disappoint. Through traditional Chinese dance, music blending East and West, brilliant costumes, and digital projection, Shen Yun told of the traditional Chinese culture, all while impressing Mr. Bott with the technology.
Shen Yun’s digital backdrop transports the audience to a world where heaven and earth are one, as the website states, showing different realms from vast grasslands to Tang Dynasty pavilions.
Mr. Bott noted the dynamic use of the animated backdrop in a story about Ne Zha, where the performers disappeared off stage and seemed to soar through the skies, before reappearing again.
The backdrop had been a highlight for entrepreneur Stephen Rosen and businessman James Winchester who attended the Friday performance as well.
“They coordinated people moving from the digital to the real,” Mr. Winchester said. “That was very cool.”
In addition to being very informative and historical, the artistry of the production had made it like a dream for Mr. Rosen.
Mr. Winchester agreed as his experience had been “transcendent,” he said. “I just sort of feel like it puts me in a different place, a fantasy.”
Reporting by Flora Qu and 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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