KANSAS CITY, Mo.—“Oh! I think it’s beautiful,” exclaimed Harlan Brownlee, on the return of Shen Yun Performing Arts to Kansas City Music Hall.
The President and CEO of the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City was in the enthusiastic audience Wednesday, April 13.
“I think the costumes are gorgeous,” he said. “The sets are gorgeous, the way the whole thing fits together. I especially like some of the multimedia pieces and background, and the way they were able to bring dancers onto the stage and you see them moving back to the background and coming back, that’s pretty fun and neat.”
At renowned venues worldwide, such as in New York's Lincoln Center, many Shen Yun audience members have expressed delight at the rich diversity of the dance and vocal performances.
“I think it’s a great way to show some cultural diversity for Kansas City,” Mr. Brownlee said. “The arts are a great way to bridge cultural gaps. [Shen Yun] is great way to bring people together. So having an event like this is a wonderful way for Chinese people to share their culture, their values, and beliefs with the people in Kansas City. It’s a great way to educate us.”
Shen Yun’s website states that the company’s members are mostly ethnic Chinese who grew up in the West. Its mission is to revive the traditional Chinese culture, much of which has been destroyed over the past 60-plus years under communist rule. But China has a 5,000-year history steeped in rich values and the idea that humanity and the divine are intertwined.
Reporting by Peng Su and Jeanmarie Lunsford.
Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform in Chicago through to Sunday April 24. For more information please visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org