NEW YORK—Shen Yun Performing Arts performed for the first time at the Lincoln Center's David H. Koch theater on Thursday night to a warm audience.
Hicham Enhali, a general manager of South Gate at Jumeirah Essex House, and Oliver Reeves, who works in finance, attended the performance. Both were amazed.
"I thought the wardrobe was amazing, and the synchronization with the band and the talent was really incredible," Mr. Enhali said.
Shen Yun draws upon the 5,000-year-old culture and traditions of China, using Chinese classical dance as a way to express those values.
Mr. Enhali noted the cultural tour-de-force put on display by the performers. "It showed kind of the whole legacy of China," he said, "It was very well done."
Mr. Reeves also noted the rich cultural heritage of the Chinese people, calling it a "very rich culture" that "has a lot to show and to share with us."
"I learned a lot that I really didn't understand about Chinese culture, I thought it was great," he said. "For example I was commenting to Hicham that I didn't realize that the Chinese had history of drums in their culture, so it was fascinating for me to see that come through."
Mr. Enhali agreed. "I think it's all about really showing the heritage, the heritage of China and how it started from thousand of years ago, to now," he said, adding that "it was very well done."
With reporting by Pamela Tsai and Jack Phillips
Shen Yun Performing Arts will perform at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater through Jan. 16. For more information visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org