Painter Finds Magic and Inspiration in Shen Yun

January 10, 2015

NEW YORK—Daniel Djuro-Goiricelaya, an artist and high-end luxury design consultant, found inspiration in the hues, stories, and ancient culture presented by Shen Yun Performing Arts at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on Jan. 9.

“I just keep thinking every time that one of the dancers is moving around: Wow, that’s a different possibility. That’s a new direction I can use in my canvas,” Mr. Djuro-Goiricelaya said.

A native of Venezuela, Mr. Djuro-Goiricelaya had finished his university studies in art with a study of the importance of color and had been invited back to teach a course on light and color. He went on to create curriculum for a MoMa project, made a foray into high-end fashion, and eventually found his way to New York after his family sought political asylum in 2004.

Mr. Djuro-Goiricelaya’s portfolio is filled with works of color and dreams, and the artistry of Shen Yun deeply resonated with him.

New York-based Shen Yun combines traditional Chinese dance, music blending East and West, an animated backdrop, and brilliant costumes to revive 5,000 years of Chinese civilization.

“It’s fantastic. I think that’s  quite inspiring. I love all the movements, color, all the colors of the outfits, the synchronism. It’s impressive. It’s quite, quite something,” Mr. Djuro-Goiricelaya said.

“[It] was delightful to see all the movements of the fabrics. And also those beautiful tonalities of greens and pinks were just delicious.”

He pointed to one piece that particularly exemplified the connection.

In “The Fable of the Magic Brush,” a young painter in a seaside village saves a maiden, who in turn gifts him a magical brush.

“I can relate a lot to the idea of wanting to really bring life to all the things that you paint,” Mr. Djuro-Goiricelaya said.

Much of Mr. Djuro-Goiricelaya’s work is drawn from the movement and energy of places, and those of Shen Yun’s are unique.

Classical Chinese dance is composed of three main parts: bearing, form, and technical skill. Form entails mastery in movement, and technique includes highly difficult jumping and tumbling techniques in addition to the basics.

Bearing is best described as a particular inner spirit, according to Shen Yun’s website. It emphasizes “internal spirit, breath, intent, personal aura, and deep emotional expression.”

As such, classical Chinese dance is deeply expressive and lends itself to vast creative potential, the website explains.

“It [is] certainly inspiring, moving, and something different. Something different that you should experience,” Mr. Djuro-Goiricelaya said.

Reporting by NTD Television and Catherine Yang

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit

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