KANSAS CITY, Mo.—An enthusiastic audience welcomed Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company's extravaganza of classical Chinese dance and music to the KC Cultural Centre on Wednesday evening, April 13.
A one-off performance, physician Jim Quigley was drawn to the show because of comments made from various writers and newspapers that sounded "very intriguing and exciting, something that would be a rare opportunity to see," Mr. Quigley said.
"I really didn’t know what to expect, but the costumes are beautiful, the dancing is incredibly graceful. It’s very culturally rich … I’m just fascinated," he added.
The New York-based Shen Yun is acclaimed as a presentation of traditional Chinese culture as it once was: a study in grace, wisdom, and virtues instilled by the heavens five millennia ago, at the start of Chinese civilization.
A collection of short stories are played out on stage by a gorgeous array of colorfully costumed dancers, choreographed to match hi-tech digital backdrop scenery and the ground-breaking music of the Shen Yun Orchestra.
A trio of vocalists with piano accompaniment that also backs erhu virtuoso Xiaochun Qi, rounds out the evening.
"I liked the tenor. I really like the singer, the male singer, the tenor, I really enjoyed it. And the costumes are just gorgeous. Very unusual, very beautiful," Mr. Quigley said.
Reporting by Cat Rooney and Raiatea Tahana-Reese.
Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform at Chicago's Civic Opera House, April 15-24. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org