Hollywood Stunt Coordinator: ‘I felt like I was part of’ Shen Yun

“I thought it was exhilarating. It was mesmerizing. [When] I was watching, I was kind of taken into it. I just felt like it took me to another place that I have never been before. It was just awesome. I love it.” 
 

“I almost felt like I was with them, wherever they went. That was what’s really neat. They kind of took me there. And I thought that was so exhilarating. It just lifted me. There is never one moment where I realized I was here watching a performance. I felt like I was part of the performance. It was awesome.”
 

“[Film] is a flat screen, and this had dimension to it. It was so live, with the music and everything. Having worked in the film business, I know what goes on behind the camera. They show you what they want you to see. Here we saw everything in its entirety. And it was a real life performance … There were no opportunities to do it [over] once or twice. I saw no flaws. That’s what was so awesome. There were no corrections that were made. It just kept me spellbound.”
 

“It is really hard to describe. It’s just kind of like a feeling. It was an uplifting feeling that just took me to another place. I felt like every time they left from one location to the next, I almost went with them.”
 

“Not only the dancers, but the routines, where they had the punches and the kicks and the heads and things like that, [it was] spot-on. I was watching that very closely. Well-rehearsed … I thought they did an awesome job.” 

Mike Cassidy, film stunt coordinator
Dolby Theatre, Hollywood, United States
Shen Yun International Company
April 14, 2017