BOSTON— Dianne Anderson, the president of Lawrence General Hospital in Lawrence, Mass., said her tears fell as the curtain closed on Shen Yun Performing Arts at Boston’s Citi Wang Theatre, March 2.
“The last one made me cry, it was so touching, just beautiful, beautiful. We’re so happy to see this,” she said.
“For me it brings hope, and perseverance, and beauty.”
Mrs. Anderson also thought the performance was very educational for her son, who is in 5th grade.
“It’s very, very educational about what happens in China and about … the wonderful history in China,” she said.
Shen Yun draws inspiration from China’s 5,000 years of culture, bringing legends and historical heroes to life in mini-drama pieces using the form of classical Chinese dance.
Classical Chinese dance was passed down in China’s imperial courts and ancient theaters for thousands of years where it developed a vast and expressive gestural language that carries rich inner meaning, according to Shen Yun’s website.
Each performance piece is introduced by bilingual emcees who help the audience understand the culture behind each.
“Wo ai Shen Yun,” Mrs. Anderson’s son said after the show, repeating the phrase which means “I love Shen Yun” in Chinese, which the emcees had taught the audience.
The beauty of the dance and the hundreds of colorful handmade costumes were highlights for Mrs. Anderson.
“The costumes are so beautiful. The colors, I love the colors.”
The costumes evoke the clothing worn in China’s different eras and dynasties and feature bright colors, flowing fabrics, and elaborate headdresses that signify the rank of the wearer, Shen Yun tells us.
Mrs. Anderson said she will recommend the performance to others.
“I will tell my colleagues that it is just magnificent, and they should come,” she said.
“It was really amazing,” emphasized the young student.
Reporting by NTD Television and June Fakkert
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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