BUENOS AIRES—Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company’s second performance in Argentina was “truly wonderful,” according to Jorge Guzmán, the CEO of Argentina Class Group.
“I would say this is a performance that, above all, exalts the spirit,” he said. “It goes directly into your heart and soul.”
New York-based Shen Yun has three companies that tour the world each year on a mission to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture, according to the company’s website.
The company was established in 2006 after a group of artists saw how the ruling communist regime in China had attempted to destroy the ancient culture for more than 60 years.
“However, the deeper spiritual core of the ancient culture, with its values of benevolence, honor, propriety, wisdom, and sincerity, as well as a reverence for the gods and the heavens, cannot be destroyed,” the website states.
Mr. Guzmán, after seeing the performance at the Teatro Ópera Citi on Dec. 14, said Shen Yun is a “performance for the soul.”
“We aren’t used to receiving this kind of show in Argentina,” he continued. “It’s really worth seeing. And we would like to have more performances like this.”
Mr. Guzmán is interested in culture. His company, Argentina Class Group, publishes a magazine about Argentinean culture and art, and organizes exclusive events.
He saw the performance with Gabriela Abarzua, the production manager at Argentina Class Group.
Ms. Abarzua and Mr. Guzmán both expressed appreciation for the Shen Yun Orchestra, which combines both western and traditional Chinese instruments.
“The music stands out especially,” Ms. Abarzua said.
The sounds of East and West are implausible to combine but Shen Yun has done it, according to the company’s website.
“This is how the effect is achieved: A Western philharmonic orchestra plays the foundation, while traditional Chinese instruments lead the melodies,” the website states. “The sound produced is uniquely pleasing to the ear. The ensemble at once expresses both the grandeur of a Western orchestra and the distinct sensibilities of China’s 5,000-year-old civilization.”
Mr. Guzmán said that “the magnificent musical interpretation stands out.”
“It’s truly wonderful,” he added. “The dancers aren’t left behind either,” Mr. Guzmán said.
Ms. Abarzua said that throughout the performance she saw a contrast between feminine and masculine. “The dancers express that through the strength and the beauty of feminine movements,” she said. The overall performance was “a spectacular artistic expression, truly,” she added.
From the legend of China’s creation through to the present day situation in China, Shen Yun imparts the culture as no other company can.
“In a collection of short pieces, audiences travel from the Himalayas to tropical lake-filled regions; from the legends of the culture’s creation over 5,000 years ago through to the story of Falun Dafa in China today; from the highest heavens down to the dusty plateaus of the Middle Kingdom,” the company’s website states. Animated backdrops and handmade costumes accentuate the dancers and orchestra.
Ms. Abarzua said she will take with her a message “of preserving moral values, of the Chinese culture, and of the unity of the members.”
The artists, she saw, had a love for arts, Ms. Abarzua added. She pointed out that the pieces had many inner meanings as well, both of which “are fantastic,” she said.
Shen Yun is performing at Buenos Aires’ Teatro Ópera Citi through Dec. 21.
With reporting by Julia Cortes and Sarah Matheson.
New York-based Shen Yun has three companies that tour the world each year on a mission to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture.
For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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