WASHINGTON—Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company has touched down at the Kennedy Center Opera House bringing to D.C. a stunning spectacle of 5,000 years of Chinese culture. The 13-show run features Chinese classical dance, stunning costume artistry, award-winning vocalists, high-tech digital backdrops and an orchestra that combines Eastern and Western instruments.
Former TV Anchor and founder and president of Strategiconnex International, LLC, Jim Mitchell, was among the awe-struck audience at Saturday afternoon’s performance, March 24. He said, “It’s such a spectacular show. It’s so much better than anything you’ll see anywhere else.”
Mr. Mitchell found the history of China displayed through the story-based dance an interesting aspect of the performance. “Chinese history is tremendous, marvelous. The history of China is spectacular; and so complex.” Indeed, China’s rich history, culture and tradition provide an inexhaustible wealth of material for Shen Yun to draw upon.
The heart of a Shen Yun performance, says its website, is classical Chinese dance. With a history of thousands of years, it has become a complete system of dance that is rich with expressive power. It was passed down continuously within the imperial palace and ancient Chinese theater and opera.
“I call Shen Yun glorious precision. It’s a term that just came to me about halfway through. That everything is so precise. Everybody, the choreography is so exact, and the skills of the dancers are so incredible that this is just a very emotional experience to see Shen Yun.”
Mr. Mitchell had seen a Shen Yun performance before. “They’re all great. It’s just a tremendous experience to see them perform. I think it is extraordinarily professional. Everything is right on. Everybody is exact in what they’re doing.”
Reporting by NTD Television and Sophia Bronwen.
Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will perform at The Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington, D.C., through April 1.
For more information visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org