Renowned Medical Researcher: ‘The spectacle is just wonderful’

January 14, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

The audience gives Shen Yun a standing ovation following the company's Jan. 13 performance at Lincoln Center's David Koch Theatre in New York City. (Dai Bing/Epoch Times Staff)
The audience gives Shen Yun a standing ovation following the company's Jan. 13 performance at Lincoln Center's David Koch Theatre in New York City. (Dai Bing/Epoch Times Staff)
NEW YORK—Shen Yun Performing Arts graced the stage of Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater in New York City on Jan. 13 as part of the company's 10-show run in New York City.

On hand to experience Shen Yun was Dr. Marcus Reidenberg, attending the show with wife June and his granddaughter. An Epoch Times reporter caught up with the Reidenbergs during the intermission.

"I'm enjoying it very much," he said of the performance. "The spectacle is just wonderful."

Dr. Reidenberg is a well known pharmacologist. He has headed a number of clinical pharmacology organizations, as well as chaired a World Health Organization committee on essential medicines. He is also an avid photographer and a board member of New York's Photography and Imaging. His work has been displayed at venues such as the National Arts Club and the MOMA.

He said he found the use of the projected scenery "most imaginative," when considering the dance "Recalling the Great Qin."

Shen Yun uses a high-tech animated backdrop in its performances, with projected animations seamlessly integrated with the performers' movements in each dance.

"Recalling the Great Qin" is a Shen Yun dance piece portraying an artist who walks into the excavation site of The Terracotta Army, a series of statues made and buried over 2,000 years ago during the Qin dynasty. Magic happens as the artist finds himself, suddenly, transported back in time as a Qin warrior.

Dr. Reidenberg also commented on the Shen Yun orchestra, which is unique in the world in combining both classical Western and Chinese instruments.

"From my own experience this appears to be traditional Chinese, which is very meaningful," he said, recalling his visit to a Chinese opera in San Francisco in the 1940s. "Some of this music is really reminding me of that traditional music back then."

Mrs. Reidenberg commented on the Shen Yun performers' costumes, which number in the many hundreds and are all hand-made.

"I think that the costuming is absolutely gorgeous, and [the dancers'] movements are graceful and beautiful," she said.

The Reidenbergs' granddaughter, a vibrant young lady, also took a moment to comment on the Shen Yun performance, and its dancers:

"I'm enjoying it a lot. It's very beautiful. The dancers are exquisite, their technique is gorgeous—everything was just so beautiful about them, from the hand gestures, to the extension of their legs, the way they move, their costumes."

The interview ended with the second half of the performance coming up.

"Just waiting for the next part to start, because it's so good," said Dr. Reidenberg.

Reporting by William Jin and Jan Jekielek.

Shen Yun Performing Arts will perform at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater through Jan. 16. For more information visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org