HOUSTON—”We are amazed at the way they do everything in unison, perfectly coordinated,” said Ms. Karen Williams after taking in Shen Yun Performing Arts in Houston on Dec. 23. Ms. Williams, who’s retired, attended the show at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts with Mr. Jim Sheridan, a manager for an oil company.
Ms. Williams said she was especially impressed by the performance’s use of the digital projection. “We love the way they incorporate the screen, and the animation, and the dancers,” she said. “We have not seen that technique before, and it’s very cool.”
According to Shen Yun’s website: “With state-of-the-art graphics technology, Shen Yun’s digital-backdrop team creates vividly animated settings, extending the stage and transporting the audience to a world where heaven and earth are one.”
“It’s like the Greeks with Mount Olympus. You’ve got the gods up there and we’re down here, and you go back and forth. It’s that sort of heaven,” she added.
“Also, beautiful outfits, very beautiful costumes, very much coordinated,” said Mr. Sheridan. “So it seems that the people are ascending to heaven and coming back to heaven.”
Another important aspect to a Shen Yun performance is the use of original costumes that present “brilliant colors, displaying a splendid spectacle” from “Han clothing to the ethnic attire of the Manchurian, Tibetan, Dai, Mongol, and Uyghur ethnic groups,” reads the website.
One of Shen Yun’s most important missions is to revive a culture once nearly lost. According to Shen Yun’s website: “For 5,000 years divine culture flourished in the land of China. Humanity’s treasure was nearly lost, but through breathtaking music and dance, Shen Yun is bringing back this glorious culture.”
Such an opportunity was certainly not lost upon Mr. Sheridan. “Oh, I think it’s very interesting and helping me understand the Chinese culture better, but we’re also curious about Falun Gong,” he said. “We don’t understand about Falun Gong very much.”
Falun Gong, also called Falun Dafa, is guided by the principles of “Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance.” It has helped over a hundred million Chinese people understand and return to the essence of traditional Chinese culture—Confucian, Buddhist, and Taoist schools of thought.
“But we appreciate the fact that we’ve had a chance to understand that it’s a part of the Chinese culture,” he added.
Reporting by Sally Sun and Catherine Yang
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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