COSTA MESA, Calif.—Razmik Papikuian, a former opera singer of 25 years, was amidst the audience at the sold out showing of Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company, on March 13, at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
This was his first time watching Shen Yun, and he was impressed.
“Great music, great show,” he said. “They dance very well.”
Mr. Papikuian, of Armenian descent, has sung in a variety of operas including those by Verdi and Puccini, as well as Russian and Armenian operas.
He said that while listening to the music, he felt good and his mood became calm.
Shen Yun is a non-profit, New York-based classical Chinese music and dance company that tours to 100 cities in some 20 countries for six months out of each year on its mission to revive traditional Chinese culture.
The Shen Yun website explains, “A Shen Yun performance features the world’s foremost classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra blending East and West, and dazzling animated backdrops—together creating one spectacular performance.”
Mr. Papikuian enjoyed each of these features.
“The dancers all did very well,” he said, pointing out that they were highly synchronized.
He added that the backdrops were creative.
The backdrops, or digital projections, are different for each of the performance’s vignettes. With their vivid depictions of idyllic, pastoral settings, serene heavenly paradises, or grand imperial halls, the backdrops serve as a context for each piece, as “magical windows to completely different realms” by “extending the stage and transporting the audience to a world where heaven and earth are one,” according to the Shen Yun website.
Mr. Papikuian, said he would recommend Shen Yun to his family and friends.
Reporting by Michael Ye and Albert Roman
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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