CHARLESTON, W.Va.—Shen Yun Performing Arts made its first appearance in Charleston Tuesday, March 11. Local Samuel Crosby Jr. attended the performance.
“Loved it. I’m energized,” Mr. Crosby said. Shen Yun performed at the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia. Mr. Crosby is a local public health advisor for the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.
“It was a fantastic show. I loved it. The elegance of the dancers, the 5,000 years of history. You can’t beat that. All in two hours,” Mr. Crosby said.
Shen Yun Performing Arts presents short performances of classical Chinese dance. The performances highlight elements of Chinese history and culture. According to its website, Shen Yun seeks to revive the 5,000 years of civilization that flourished in China. Accompanying the dancers is an orchestra unique to Shen Yun. This orchestra incorporates Chinese folk instruments as permanent members.
“Oh, it was fantastic,” said Mr. Crosby of the music. “Hearing all the traditional music, the different instruments, I was looking down to see what instruments they were.”
He said another aspect he appreciated was the animated backdrop used behind the performers.
The backdrop is used to set the stage and bring the audience into the setting. Sometimes that setting is the plains of Mongolia, the mountains of Tibet, or the royal court. Some characters use the backdrop to depart from the stage visually and soar into the heavens.
“I loved some of the transition scenes between the graphic animation and the dancers. It was so well choreographed,” said Mr. Crosby.
“I don’t know how much time they put into it, but it was beautifully done. I know a lot of folks’ hearts are lifted when they see this, mine is. I know mine is,” Mr. Crosby said.
“I got friends coming tomorrow night, I’m going to tell them it was a great show.”
Reporting by Sherry Dong and Nicholas Zifcak
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.
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