CHICAGO—Shen Yun Performing Arts showed Chicagoans the even when there is cold wind and rain, at the Civic Opera House, there can also be energy and beauty.
No matter what the weather, the dancers of Shen Yun consistently deliver a high caliber performance. "They are very acrobatic, very athletic, and very beautiful," physician Mark Krause said.
"I enjoyed learning about the history too. You know, the narratives are very good. It tells you what the dances are about."
Sally Krause, an executive with Revlon, said she noticed and enjoyed the contrast between the feminine spirit and masculine spirit expressed in the show, "the power of the men dancing, but then there is the elegance of the women.
For example, Mrs. Krause noted the bold mood in “the dance of the terra cotta soldiers." In it, an artist visiting the excavation site of the terra cotta warrior statues in Xi'an finds himself traveling back in time. The title of the dance is Recalling the Great Qin.
Business owner Patty Hirsch said she liked that the performance had a lot of energy. She enjoyed the dances in which female performers handled fans as flowers (Plum Blossoms), "The colors were vibrant. It’s all about the heritage. It’s just very dramatic. I like it, it’s just wonderful. What more is there to say?"
Reporting by Mike Chen and Andrew R. Darin.
Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform at Chicago's Civic Opera House through April 24. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org