MILAN, Italy—Shen Yun Performing Arts, the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company, dazzled audiences in this fashion capital.
Ambra Orfei described Shen Yun’s April 28 performance at Milan’s Teatro Degli Arcimboldi as a very beautiful production. Ms. Orfei is a famous Italian TV personality and a member of the prominent Orfei circus family.
“It’s very beautiful to see on the stage so many dancers that perform in harmony, without getting a single step wrong—in perfect synchronization,” Ms. Orfei said.
“There is scenographic innovation in the integration of the backdrops with what happens on the stage—perfection,” she said, referring to the animated digital backdrops used with the dance performances.
For Ms. Orfei, the colorful costumes were also something to marvel at: “Fantastic costumes, a lot of silk. Compliments to the production.”
Giuseppe Manzoni, managing director of the Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra based in Milan, also had high praise for Shen Yun. He saw the April 27 performance. “There is a coordination and a series of movements that are absolutely perfect,” he said.
Fashion designer Monica Guaqueta was impressed by the beauty and the deep content of the production. “It is really, really nice. All the scenes were very beautiful,” she said after watching the performance on April 26.
“One learns a lot about Chinese culture. The dance is really spectacular. It brings together the classical dance and the modern history of China. It’s excellently done—how all that Chinese history is put into the dance.”
According to the Shen Yun website, the New York-based company has a mission to revive China’s divinely inspired culture.
Paolo Scavazzin, a public relations manager with an architectural firm, said Shen Yun was “most beautiful.” He said he saw in the performance the theme of “creating a future for China that is different to what they have now.”
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Margherita Macellari, a former ballerina who has trained at the prestigious Bolshoi Academy in Moscow, praised the dance skills of the Shen Yun dancers.
“They were absolutely together in everything they did. That’s very important, as they are always in groups, so that’s fundamental,” said Ms. Macellari, who experienced the April 28 performance.
“I saw feet lines that were really beautiful. All the feet were really perfect. … They were very strong dancers and at the same time very lyrical. So from a technical view, I found them very, very good.”
The male dancers particularly stood out for Ms. Macellari. “The male dancers were really amazing. … Even the parts that looked like gymnastics and acrobatics—even in those parts they were very elegant.”
According to the Shen Yun website, “Known for its incredible flips and spins, and its gentle elegance, [classical Chinese dance] is one of the most rigorous and expressive art forms in the world.”
With reporting by Florian Godovits
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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