ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—Magazine editor Tanya Creneti didn’t know what to expect when her mother suggested they attend Shen Yun Performing Arts, but found Friday’s evening performance to be a delightful experience.
“I just loved the combination of the colors and music and, of course, the dance,” she shared at Mahaffey Theater at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts during intermission on Feb. 7.
“It comes together beautifully.”
Ms. Creneti is a writer and editor for Florida Trend’s NEXT magazine, which provides education and career guidance to high school students. She was taken with the costuming in Shen Yun—which features hundreds of original handmade creations from the company’s skilled designers.
“It’s very creative and the costumes are beautiful,” she said, adding the long silky sleeves on the female dancer’s costumes were exquisite.
“It all flows together, its very well done.”
New York-based Shen Yun is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company. Formed in 2006, the company has quickly grown to four touring groups that perform to millions around the world. Their shared mission is to revive China’s 5,000-year-old divinely inspired culture.
Ms. Creneti was impressed with the story-based dance, which she said helped to express the spirituality and philosophy of traditional Chinese culture.
“It’s very interesting on that level,” she said.
In addition to classical Chinese dance, the performance features ethnic and folk dance from China’s many regions.
Reporting by Marie Yeung and Justina Wheale
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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.