ST. LOUIS—“It is very deep, very beyond American culture. That’s for sure,” Jay Fredirck said of the Chinese culture he saw as performed by Shen Yun Performing Arts. Mr. Fredirck attended a Feb. 16 performance at the Peabody Opera House.
Every year Shen Yun travels the globe presenting the divinely inspired 5,000 years of Chinese civilization.
The depth that Mr. Fredirck saw onstage, he attributed to how deeply rooted Chinese culture is. The “Chinese … have 5,000 years of civilization and we have what, 250?”
New York-based Shen Yun is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance company. Its performances include 20 or so pieces that in addition to classical Chinese dance also feature folk dance, vocal and instrumental soloists, a full-orchestra that combines Western and Chinese instruments, and digitally-animated backdrops, which allows interaction between the set and the performers.
“It’s just a beautiful performance, grace and style,” said the former executive vice president of Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
Based on the values he cherishes himself, he could appreciate Shen Yun’s elegance, professionalism and the performers’ physicality.
Shen Yun, he says, gives “us a peek at what the Chinese have been doing over the past 5,000 years, and what we have been doing for the last 250—it makes it look pretty insignificant.”
Reporting by Stacey Tang and Sharon Kilarski
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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