NEW YORK—The first time Robert Heely saw Shen Yun Performing Arts was two years ago. He wasn’t able to make it the next year, but was thankful he could make Shen Yun’s 10th season performance at Lincoln Center on Jan. 15.
“I would see it every year if I can,” Mr. Heely said. “Now I want to see it in other cities. Why not? A couple of times a year.”
Mr. Heely is quite familiar with the work New York-based Shen Yun does, as he handles insurance for the company’s performance. Being in the business, he’s seen tons of performances in many different venues, and is impressed with how “flawless” Shen Yun is.
“This is just done so perfectly and correct it’s amazing,” he said. “I think it’s tremendously deep, it’s 5,000 years of history, it’s amazing.”
Shen Yun artists seek to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture, and have done so through music and dance. The performance includes story-based dances that touch on dynasties of eras spanning from China’s beginnings to the present day. It includes folk and ethnic dances from the 50-plus minority groups of China. Bel canto solo vocalist sing original compositions in Chinese.
The 10th season’s program is filled with celebration, from a “yangge” northern folk dance celebrating a bountiful harvest, to a bejeweled piece celebrating the appearance of the auspicious Udumbara flower, which blooms only once every 3,000 years.
It is a vast culture that should be shared, Mr. Heely said.
“I think you need to see it a couple of times to get a sense of whats going on, the years of culture—it was amazing,” Mr. Heely said. “They should put it on TV so everybody sees it. I would tell everybody to see it.”
Reporting by Valentin Schmid and Catherine Yang
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