NEW YORK—The opening performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Lincoln Center in New York City left audience members in awe. “I am very familiar with the David Koch Theater, but I must tell you that I have never enjoyed anything more than this,” Mr. Jeff Langberg, a seasoned theatergoer, asserted.
“I think that is stunningly beautiful! A lot of preparation has gone into this, and I think the dancers are very skilled. It is a combination … which you can’t really find anywhere else. Usually you have to go to see one or the other.”
Dance and acrobatics originated from, and are encompassed by Classical Chinese dance. This dance form, which is new to the west, carries the essence of Chinese culture originally passed down from the imperial court as part of ancient theater.
Shen Yun’s famous high-tech images projected behind the dancers to create different scenes seemed to impress Mr. Langberg. “I really like the way it is all set up with the background and the way one absorbs the other.”
Mr. Langberg commented positively on the pacing of the show and how the hosts brought everything together. “The [bilingual] translators [emcees] are very, very good, and I like the way one piece just flows into the other and the way they keep you occupied at all times.”
He explained how it was the history that stood out for him, Mr. Langberg said: “The historical background is probably the best.” Shen Yun draws inspiration from the 5,000-year-old Chinese culture, using classical Chinese dance as a medium of expression.
Reporting by Pamela Tsai and Sophia Bronwen.
Shen Yun Performing Arts will perform at David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center though Jan. 16. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org