Kansas City Welcomes Shen Yun

April 13, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

The City of Fountains, Kansas City Mo., welomes Shen Yun. (Cat Rooney/ The Epoch Times)
The City of Fountains, Kansas City Mo., welomes Shen Yun. (Cat Rooney/ The Epoch Times)
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