CHICAGO—“I thought it was superb,” Jerome Pheifer, a retired environmental engineer said after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts' New York company at the Civic Opera House on April 23.
New York-based Shen Yun is reclaiming and renewing the cultural heritage of China, by bringing 5,000 years of Chinese traditional culture and art to the world. They specialize in classical Chinese dance, a dance which tells stories from China’s past and present.
Accompanying the dances is a full orchestra.
“I enjoyed the dancing, the music. I’m a musician myself and I especially liked the fact that they were able to coordinate the drama, the dancing, and the live music together, I really liked that,” Pheifer said.
Pheifer played the oboe and other wood wind instruments for over 50 years with many different orchestras. Thus, hearing the Chinese instruments mixed with the traditional Western was unique for him.
Of the show overall, Pheifer said, “The performances were superb. When you have performances like this—the timing, the intonation, getting things together—is always difficult. But, I found it was done flawlessly today and I was very appreciative.”
He felt that the coordination between the orchestra and dancers was flawless.
“The dancing—I don’t know where the energy comes from,” he said, chuckling.
“I loved it; it was very, very good. I enjoyed the messages they were giving about the Chinese culture in the various segments of the show." He commented on the cultural aspects of the show,"Even though I didn’t know the language, I got the idea about the culture. It certainly broadened my horizons about another culture on another part of the globe from the United States.”
Reporting by NTD Television and Sharon Kilarski.
Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform a matinee at Chicago's Civic Opera House on April 24, then continue with shows in Los Angeles at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium from April 28-30. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org