International Furniture Entrepreneur Finds Shen Yun ‘Upbeat’

May 9, 2014 Updated: May 12, 2014

HONOLULU, Hawaii—Van Moy and his wife attended the world-renowned Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company’s performance at Blaisdell Concert Hall on May 8.

Mr. Moy is the owner of Van Moy & Associates, an international manufacturers’ representative firm for high-end contract and hospitality furniture. According to Mr. Moy, he was born in China, but grew up in Chicago. He later moved to Hawaii, and started the firm 26 years ago.

“It’s upbeat. It’s lively, lots of energy. And their dance actually tells a little bit of a story, and there is a little bit of humor in there,” said Mr. Moy.

According to the Shen Yun website, “Through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture. Its stunning beauty and tremendous energy leave audiences uplifted and inspired.”

Established by artists from around the world in 2006, New York-based Shen Yun is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to bringing 5,000 years of Chinese civilization to life through music and dance. It has quickly become an international sensation, with four companies simultaneously touring around the world.

At the core of a Shen Yun performance is classical Chinese dance, which is “one of the most rigorous and expressive art forms in the world,” the website explains.

Mr. Moy was impressed by the Shen Yun dancers. “I notice that everybody is young. And so for the young age, I think they’ve done very, very well,” he said. “They’re exceptional dancers. Even the choreography, it’s not too heavy. Very, very well done.”

Mr. Moy was also delighted by the state-of-the-art digital backdrop that interacts with the dancers to create a full theatrical effect. “You know another thing I noticed was how they did that artwork in the background. It was just blended in very well. And the timing was impeccable.”

“The costumes—the color is wonderful,” said Mr. Moy. “It’s great costuming.”

The website describes what audiences experience: “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.”

Reporting by Lily Yu and Thanh Le

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.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.