LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Burt Newell, a lawyer, and Linda Xum, a student, from Hot Springs came to see Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company for the first time at the Robinson Center Music Hall on Feb. 28.
A New York-based performing arts company, Shen Yun, is dedicated to restoring and reviving traditional Chinese culture, according to the company’s website. Using classical Chinese dance, original scores combining Western and Chinese classical instruments, and heart felt songs, Shen Yun takes the audience on a journey through China’s 5,000-year-old culture from ancient times to the present-day.
“We were really enjoying the presentation, the colors,” said Mr. Newell.
“The costumes are incredible, really nice,” said Ms. Xum.
Shen Yun presents hundreds of gorgeous, hand-made garments that span China’s dynasties, regions and ethnic groups. Even leading fashion designers leave the show excited with new inspiration, says Shen Yun’s website.
Ms. Xum said she also really enjoyed the choreography.
Shen Yun’s choreography ranges from grand imperial processions to legions of thunderous drums, with gorgeously costumed dancers moving in stunning synchronized patterns.
‘The performance is amazing’
Gregory Albert, a physician, and his wife, Denise Albert, were also in the audience.
“Love it, love it, really enjoying it a lot,” said Mr. Albert.
“The whole thing was so intricate. The performance is amazing, the musicians, the singing was awesome.
“The whole thing has been a really great experience, he added.
Mrs. Albert agreed, saying, “Yes, I mean the dancing. I can’t belief how in sync they are—they’re amazing.”
Reporting by Mary Silver and Ron Champagne
Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will perform at the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina, on March 1.
For more information visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org