LOS ANGELES—Kiki Williams, a dancer, attended Shen Yun Performing Arts’ final performance, at the Nokia Theatre, on March 23.
“The show is absolutely amazing,” said Ms. Williams. “Very beautiful. Definitely inspiring.”
New York-based Shen Yun was established in 2006. It’s a non-profit organization dedicated to reviving China’s 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture through the performing arts. Having reached millions of people across nearly 20 countries and over 100 cities, Shen Yun is widely considered to be a global phenomenon.
Ms. Williams was drawn to the show’s colorful costumes.
“The most beautiful clothes I think I’ve ever seen, here on earth that is,” said Ms. Williams. “Absolutely gorgeous.”
According to the Shen Yun website, “Shen Yun’s costume artists collect countless designs of traditional attire, ranging from those of emperors, ministers, and generals to the everyday clothing of the common people. They use bright colors to tailor and recreate hundreds of new pieces each season. Every detail is given meticulous attention and is a result of artistic inspiration and careful polishing.”
Ms. Williams also enjoyed listening to the performance’s live orchestra.
“I love it. Something different,” she said. “Very organic.”
“I enjoyed the drums the most,” Ms. Williams added. “It’s kind of core music. It’s absolutely beautiful.”
Shen Yun’s orchestra is a distinct blend, as the website explains: “A Western philharmonic orchestra plays the foundation, while traditional Chinese instruments lead the melodies. 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.”
Ms. Williams had many different feelings arise throughout the show.
“Inspiration. Awestruck,” she described. “And a lot of joy. I found myself smiling a lot.”
In Ms. Williams’ opinion, Shen Yun is an experience not to be missed.
“An amazing show. Must-see,” she said. “Definitely a must-see.”
Shen Yun’s New York Company will now be moving on to Santa Barbara, for shows throughout next weekend, March 28 and 29.
Reporting by NTD Television and Morgan Bradley
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit Shen Yun Performing Arts.
The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006