KANSAS CITY, Mo.—“It’s really really good. I think this is a new thing,” said Kajlid Sirhandi, professional Indian Classical dancer.
Mr. Kajlid Sirhandi was visibly moved after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company, Wednesday evening at the Kansas City Music Hall, and said, “I’m very much impressed.”
As a dance professional, Mr. Kajlid Sirhandi praised Shen Yun. “I’ve been dancing since I was seven years old. This is really, really good choreography. The music was good. The story was excellent. I’m very much impressed.”
He elaborated, “The story was excellent because it comes from the classic, the background is classical. The choreography is also excellent, because it’s showing the amazing—what they did is bringing that energy coming to the earth, and it’s combining the philosophies of the Chinese people explaining, obviously you can see, you know what is happening. It’s really really good.
Shen Yun’s one-of-a-kind orchestra blends two great classical music traditions producing one fresh, unexpected sound.
Vicki Hauser, a professional violinist said, “The music was exquisite. Your string section was excellent. What I enjoy was the combination of having the classical music along with the traditional Chinese instruments. It just made it really exciting. So I thought it was exquisite and beautiful.
Former professional dancer Gabriel Stoner, friend of Vicki Hauser said, “I used to be a professional dancer. The unison of this company really amazed me, because I know how difficult that is to achieve.”
According to its website, a performance by Shen Yun is a presentation of traditional Chinese culture as it once was: a study in grace, wisdom, and the virtues distilled from the five millennia of Chinese civilization.
Professor Marcella Sirhandi, Asian Art History professor at Oklahoma State University, was excited to see New York-based Shen Yun and explained how the show offered much to learn about Chinese culture, “Oh, I enjoyed it so very much. I particularly enjoyed seeing the historical scenes. I teach about the Qin Dynasty, so I enjoyed seeing the performance about the ceramic army, [Recalling the Great Qin]. I also have my students read about Buddhism, and Daoism. You can get some hints in the songs that were sung with the Chinese and English, the verses on the screen. When you see the stories of reincarnation, of course, you think of Buddhism.”
Reporting by Peng Su and Jeanmarie Lunsford.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org