NEW YORK—Seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts’ opening night performance at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater was a breathtaking and enriching experience for television producer Mike Sorrentino and publicist Annie Scranton.
“It was terrific, excellent. I thought the production was amazing,” said Mr. Sorrentino, who is a senior producer at The Blaze.
Founded in 2006 in New York, Shen Yun takes the audience on a magical journey through China’s 5,000 years of culture. The performance features award-winning classical Chinese dancers, vocal soloists, and an orchestra that’s unique in the world in that it contains both classical Chinese and Western instruments.
“It’s amazing, it’s unbelievable. We see a lot of shows here at Lincoln Center and this was right up there with the best of them,” said Annie Scranton, who is a publicist and founder of Pace Public Relations.
“I think that you can only learn so much in books, by reading about it. But to see it come alive certainly sends a strong message to the audience,” she said.
“The costumes were amazing, and the vocalists and the dancing were tremendous.”
Mr. Sorrentino said he was struck by the vibrant colors and visual performance.
Each Shen Yun performance is a dazzling display of colors. The performance features brilliantly colored costumes as well as state-of-the-art graphics technology to create vividly animated settings that transports the audience to “a world where heaven and earth are one,” according to the Shen Yun website.
Shen Yun draws upon China’s rich and vast cultural legacy, bringing the audience mini-drama pieces that span China’s history. Pieces that recount both ancient myths as well as stories from contemporary China. Each of the dance pieces embodies traditional Chinese values.
“It’s nice to go to a show and really take something away. Maybe on Monday, when we go back to work, we’ll have that in the back of our minds,” said Mr. Sorrentino.
“That is truly the way, what art and dance and performance are about,” he said.
With its mission to revive the essence of Chinese culture using performing arts, which traditionally is thought to be divinely inspired, Shen Yun is unable to perform in China itself where the ruling atheist Chinese regime restricts freedom of expression.
But being based in New York the company can freely perform the cultural traditions around the world. Each year the company performs in around 20 countries and 100 cities, in some of the world’s most prestigious theaters. Since its inception millions of people have seen Shen Yun perform.
Reporting by Joshua Philipp and Jasper Fakkert.
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.