HONOLULU—Bronsy Tansley, an actor and author, who lives on the Hawaiian island of O’ahu, said she had no idea of the beauty of classical Chinese dance before seeing Shen Yun perform at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu on May 5.
“It was wonderful! I loved the Chinese culture,” said Ms. Tansley after watching the performance.
“I had no idea that their dancing was so beautiful. Had no idea. It was wonderful.”
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts was established in 2006 with the mission to revive 5,000 years of Chinese culture. The hallmark of Shen Yun’s performances is classical Chinese dance, which is an art form with a history of thousands of years.
She said she was particularly impressed by the piece An Early Spring. The piece depicts a vibrant Northeastern folk dance in which the dancers use twirling handkerchiefs to evoke the annual change of seasons.
“I love the pink ones [handkerchiefs] that they were twirling. Oh my goodness. It was so, so beautiful. Just so graceful. It’s like they’re floating,” she said.
Shen Yun Performing Arts draws its inspiration from the traditional Chinese culture, which has roots in Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism.
According to Shen Yun’s website, “Principles such as benevolence and justice, propriety and wisdom, respect for the heavens, and divine retribution, all come to life, washing over the audience.”
Ms. Tansley said she thought it was wonderful that thousands of years of Chinese culture are being preserved and brought on stage.
“I believe in Buddhist philosophy, and so I think it’s definitely necessary, and because it is a very spiritual culture [with] thousands, thousands of years. It’s just wonderful. I loved it,” she said.
Reporting by Alex Ma and Jasper Fakkert
Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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