CINCINNATI—”It’s a vibrant show. I love everything about it. I do,” said Amanda Blume, national sales assistant for WXIX-TV Fox 19 in Cincinnati. She was referring to Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company’s journey through 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture, brought to life through classical Chinese dance.
“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,” states the company website.
“It’s very good [and] it is the first time I have seen anything like this,” said Matt Marrison, sales manager of Perferred Used Cars. He deferred to Ms. Blume’s dancing background in ballet, jazz, and tap to elaborate on Shen Yun’s performance at the Aronoff Center for the Arts on Feb. 27.
For her, it was an awesome performance. The Shen Yun dancers have so much energy, are so graceful, entertaining, and elegant, explained Ms. Blume.
“There are a lot of the dances— The costuming is exquisite,” she said.
“Classical Chinese dance is at the heart of what Shen Yun does and it has helped preserve 5,000 years of Chinese culture. Built on traditional aesthetics, it was once passed down among the people, in imperial courts, and through ancient plays. Over thousands of years, it was constantly refined, eventually developing into the vast and distinctly Chinese dance form we know today,” according to the website.
A Christmas Present
Don Sprowl, retired from Xomox Corporation in international inventory, drew from his experience in theater.
“For me, it’s great. I say that because I was in the theater group many years ago [and] into the sets and timing. So, I’m really impressed. As I was looking at [the performance], I wished I could do that again,” he said.
“It’s fantastic, beautiful,” said his companion, Vicki Martinex. He bought the tickets as a Christmas present for her.
Mrs. Martinex was also impressed with the cultural values, particularly compassion, expressed in several of the mini-dance dramas.
Mr. Sprowl found Shen Yun to be very uplifting. “It’s just so wonderful to see talents from different parts of the world,” he said.
‘It’s spectacular—the colors’
Herb and Sandra Wosley also received tickets for Shen Yun as a present.
“We always have a Chinese New Year open house. It’s been canceled now twice because of the weather. A friend gave me these tickets. I was so excited; I couldn’t believe it. This makes up for having to cancel our party,” said Mrs. Wosley, a retired federal government employee.
“It’s spectacular—the colors,” said Mrs. Wosley. “It’s really just unbelievable—the backdrops, the scenery – it’s phenomenal.”
The backdrops she was referring to use state-of-the-art technology. “Shen Yun’s digital-backdrop team creates vividly animated settings, extending the stage and transporting the audience to a world where heaven and earth are one,” states the company website.
Mr. Wosley, a retired barber, seems to know everyone in town. He could hardly give his feedback on the performance because so many people stopped to greet him after the performance.
He would recommend others to come see Shen Yun. “I’m going to say ‘I’ve never seen such precision in my life. Just perfect’,” he said.
Reporting by Julia Song, Charlie Lu, Valerie Avore and Cat Rooney
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.
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