CHICAGO—Dr. Noemi Sigalove and her husband, Dr. Steven Sigalove joined the enthusiastic audience attending Shen Yun Performing Arts Saturday afternoon at the Civic Opera House, April 16.
"Spectacular! Incredible: the music, the dance, it's exciting and energetic. It's wonderful," said Dr. Steven Sigalove.
He was intrigued by the ancient Chinese culture presented through the performances, and said, "You're seeing the evolution of a culture. It's pretty cool."
In a series of short story-based pieces, audiences travel from China's legends of its culture's creation over 5,000 years ago through the highest heavens to the dusty plateaus of the Middle Kingdom.
Dr. Steven Sigalove said he would take with him a lasting impression of classical Chinese culture from the performances, "I think it shows what an incredible civilization China had."
He was moved by the Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Orchestra, a unique blend of classical Western and Chinese instruments, and said, "The music is incredible. It's very powerful. I think that it really makes you feel like you're in the moment—from a historical perspective."
Dr. Noemi Sigalove, also a physician, was thoroughly impressed by New York-based Shen Yun and said, "I can't wait to call my mom and sister to come and take a look. My mother and sister are ballerinas, and I'm amazed at the dancers. Their steps are so together!"
Dr. Sigalove explained that because both her mother and sister danced professionally, the show resonated with her deeply.
Classical Chinese dance is one of the world's most comprehensive dance systems and besides special moves and postures, includes challenging techniques, such as spins, flips and turns.
She said she was stunned "by all the colors and by the talent. I'll remember it forever."
Reported by Valerie Avore and Jeanmarie Lunsford
Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform at Chicago's Civic Opera House through April 24. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org