SCHENECTADY, New York—Shen Yun Performing Arts appeared on a Schenectady stage for the first time Wednesday night. With its proximity to the state's capital—Schenectady is about 15 miles north west of Albany—it's no surprise some former elected officials came out for the show.
Tim Gordon, who represented 108th district in the New York State Assembly until last year, took in the show with his wife, Christine. Mr. Gordon was delighted by New York-based Shen Yun's display of 5,000 years of ancient Chinese culture.
“The show was just delightful in so many ways,” Mr. Gordon said following the performance.
He was impressed by the fluid movements of the classical Chinese dancers, saying they were, “Truly a delight!”
Mr. Gordon thought the dance, Plum Blossom, captured the nature of the resilient flower—an inspiration for its ability to thrive in the winter winds.
The costumes, dance, and music made the whole spectacle “a splendid bombardment of the senses,” Mr. Gordon said.
Recently retired congressman Michael McNulty was also in attendance Wednesday night. He brought his granddaughter, Lola. The pair reported during the intermission that they were enjoying the show and were looking forward to the second half. The Epoch Times caught up with them after the curtain call.
“I thought it was absolutely magnificent!” Mr. McNulty said. “The singing, the choreography, the beautiful costumes and colors were spectacular.” He said he enjoyed the historical context.
Shen Yun performers display, in a collection of short dance pieces, stories from different dynasties throughout China's rich history—from the noblewomen of the Tang dynasty to noble warriors of the Qin dynasty of over 2,000 years ago.
“It was part history and a beautiful display of performing arts and tremendous talent. It was very impressive,” Mr. McNulty said.
Reporting by Michelle Mi and Tara MacIsaac.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For dates in Detroit and other tour stops, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org