Shen Yun ‘Breathtaking,’ Says Singer
HOUSTON, Texas—Watching Shen Yun Performing Arts helped Jana Jumper, a professional singer and an English teacher, learn a lot about China.
“I just loved it. It was beautiful,” Ms. Jumper said. She watched the performance at the Houston Jones Hall for the Performing Arts on Dec. 30.
Featuring different mini-drama dance pieces, Shen Yun draws upon stories and legends from China’s history and culture—from the ancient to the present—presenting audiences with an exhilarating and culturally-rich performance.
“Really, really loved just the colors, they were so vivid. And the music, and just the way that they moved, and the way they interacted with each other, it really told a story.”
Shen Yun’s music is performed live by the Shen Yun Orchestra, which combines traditional Chinese instruments with classical Western instruments.
The music was one of the many facets of the performance that impressed Ms. Jumper.
“It’s just a deep, soul-moving music that just calls you and pulls you out and connects you with the story and with the dancers and with what was going on, and that spoke to me,” Ms. Jumper said.
And, of course, speaking as a singer herself, she said she loved the soprano vocalist in Shen Yun who uses the bel canto style to sing Chinese lyrics.
“She was very, very talented,” Ms. Jumper said.
“It was beautiful, it was gorgeous. The costumes and the music—it was breathtaking.”
Reporting by Sherry Dong