SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Musician and composer Jeff Davis recently moved from New York to the West Coast, and was quite impressed seeing the music and dance of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Sacramento Community Center Theater, Jan. 14.
“I haven’t heard anything like that before,” Mr. Davis said. “It’s very unique, very unique.”
Mr. Davis was intrigued by New York-based Shen Yun’s orchestra and instrumentation. The Shen Yun Orchestra, which had its debut at Carnegie Hall in 2012 and finished its first tour last year, blends traditional Chinese instruments into a full Western symphony. The Shen Yun Orchestra seamlessly blends the sounds of the East and West systems.
“It was definitely spot on,” Mr. Davis said of the music.
The dancers, too, had been perfect in Mr. Davis’ opinion, from the technique to overall performance.
In particular, the digital background had caught his eye. Shen Yun’s animated backdrop shows scenes from celestial palaces to Tang Dynasty pavilions, taking the audience on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese civilization. The backdrop also adds another dimension to storytelling, allowing performers to move seamlessly from stage to screen.
“That was extremely well done,” Mr. Davis said, “Very, very well done. The timing was perfect.”
Reporting by Alex Ma and Catherine Yang
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit Shen Yun Performing Arts.
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