BALTIMORE—Dr. Matt McNabney, a physician, and his wife Laura were in attendance to see the very unique Shen Yun Performing Arts’ opening night performance on Jan. 16.
The venue, Baltimore’s Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, was ideal for a performance, owing to its history of having presented shows of different flavors and cultures for close to 120 years.
Dr. McNabney said that “the show was very good. We enjoyed it, and it’s a beautiful performance.” His wife was impressed that “there are so many dancers, because with so many people, it really adds to the experience.”
The couple has never visited China, so they were delighted at the opportunity to experience a performance with genuine Chinese characteristics.
According to the Shen Yun website: “Shen Yun Performing Arts’ dance style is built upon classical Chinese dance as a foundation, while also maintaining a number of ethnic and folk dances. This combination embodies Chinese people’s aestheticism and ethnic character.”
“A live performance of Chinese music and dance is spectacular,” said Dr. McNabney.
Mrs. McNabney couldn’t agree more. “The singing is also unbelievable,” she said. “So beautiful! The power of the voices has deeply affected me.”
The lyrics of the songs were projected onto a digital backdrop, which helped Ms. McNabney gain a deeper understanding of the performance’s intent.
She said, “They’re very interesting and very thought-provoking.”
Moreover, her husband noted, “The two hosts helped to understand some of the messages.”
Dr. McNabney felt that even the dancers presented a divine message. “Some of the dancers seemed as if they were dancing in heaven,” he said.
The visual effect on the stage was amazing, said Ms. McNabney: “The costumes are truly spectacular. The costumes are so colorful and so fluid and beautiful.”
The performance made a deep impression on the couple, and they said they intend to tell their friends of the experience.
“It’s a beautiful movement on stage, and you can relax, and enjoy it, and experience something you don’t experience in other settings here in the United States,” Mr. McNabney said.
His wife agreed. “That’s what I would say. It was very unique and very beautiful!” she said.
With reporting by Heide B. Malhotra
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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