LOS ANGELES —Professional golfer Mark Pfeil and his wife Diana Pfeil, a homemaker, had a wonderful afternoon at Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Saturday, March 22.
“I liked it very much,” said Mr. Pfeil at intermission. “Can’t wait for the second half.”
Mark Pfeil was a two-time All-American at the University of Southern California. He joined the PGA Tour in 1976 and won the Tallahassee Open in 1980. He is currently on the PGA Champion’s Tour and also works with ESPN and plays in invitational tournaments.
Mrs. Pfeil said she highly enjoyed the performance as well. “Just a beautiful, beautiful show,” she said.
“The dance is very unique to me … It’s very fun.”
Shen Yun Performing Arts was established in New York in 2006. The classical Chinese dance and music company has a mission to revive the genuine Chinese culture, which was once considered to have divine roots.
“Throughout history almost every culture looked toward the divine for inspiration. Art was meant to uplift, bringing joy to both the people who created and experienced it. It is this principle that drives Shen Yun performers and their art,” says the website.
Mr. Pfeil loved many things about the performance, such as, “the precision of the dancers and the beauty of the colors, and the history.”
“The video, the background digital video is fantastic,” he said.
Shen Yun’s backdrop is a unique digital projection that interacts with the performers on stage, allowing them to appear to do things they are not normally able to, such as fly into the air.
“I love the costuming,” said Mrs. Pfeil. “And how the costumes interact with the movement of the dance, with the sleeves and the chopsticks and the drums.”
Shen Yun’s dancers often use props or simply their costumes to add sound or movement to the dances, helping make each piece special and different.
Mrs. Pfeil also said Shen Yun helped her understand the difference between ancient Chinese culture and modern-day China, and Mr. Pfeil agreed.
“Seeing the 5000-year history and the creation and all the different dynasties, [the contrast] comes full force when they showed today, what was happening in China,” Mrs. Pfeil said.
“Shen Yun cannot be seen in China today, where traditional culture has been nearly lost,” says Shen Yun’s website. “Yet Shen Yun—a non-profit organization—has become an international phenomenon, bringing the wonders of ancient Chinese culture to millions across the globe.”
Mr. Pfeil said he would recommend the show very highly. He said he was “just enjoying watching the sereneness and the beauty of the digital pictures.”
Mrs. Pfeil also said Shen Yun was “very serene and soothing and relaxing and just beautiful.”
Reporting by Jana Li and Sarah Le
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.
The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006