ST. LOUIS—Shen Yun Performing Arts’ dance captivates audiences around the world. This was also the case for Lacey Baldwin who came to see the performance at the Peabody Opera House on Feb. 14. “I loved it,” she said. “It was very interesting to watch—the dancing—I was very impressed by the dancing. It was unbelievable.”
Her date for the Feb. 14 Valentine’s Day performance was Brenden McNamee, a sales executive for SAGE Dining Services, Inc., covering 12 Midwest states.
Mr. McNamee was impressed as well with this renowned classical Chinese dance and music company. And he was equally delighted as his date was with the dancing. “My young lady was happy, so I was happy with it,” he said.
“I was just amazed by the whole thing. I felt happy watching it,” Ms. Baldwin said.
Shen Yun performs classical Chinese dance, which also serves as a foundation for a number of ethnic and folk dances. “This combination embodies Chinese people’s aestheticism and ethnic character,” states the Shen Yun website.
“All of it was very catching, but what amazed me was how light they were on their toes. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen anything like it,” said Ms. Baldwin.
The dancing along with the live orchestra, which combines traditional Chinese and Western instruments for a unique sound, are the story-telling tools of Shen Yun. Ancient legends, fairy tales, beloved characters and modern-day heroes come alive in the nearly 20 mini-dramas unfolding on stage during the performance.
“I liked the color, the choreography, the symmetry if you will,” said Mr. NcNamee. “Everyone was dynamically in tune with each other. It was pretty dynamic.”
Mr. McNamee resonated with Shen Yun’s mission to revitalize ancient Chinese culture, and he found the program educational.
“I got their message that they are trying to revitalize ancient culture, and that they are being repressed by the current regime in China. [This] is something I don’t know too much about,” said Mr. McNamee.
“It’s a very good thing they are revitalizing it because it is a very colorful culture that they are bringing back,” he said. “I agree with him on that one,” chimed in Ms. Baldwin.
Ms. Baldwin said that she would definitely recommend Shen Yun to others. “It would be a good one to bring kids to, very family friendly, yeah, it was great,” she said.
“I agree, there were some children sitting around us that really enjoyed it, it was very captivating for them,” Mr. McNamee concluded.
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.
Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.