DAYTON, Ohio—It seemed that everyone attending Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company’s production at the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, on May 1, enjoyed something different about the performance.
New York-based Shen Yun tours the world bringing the beauty and grace of traditional Chinese culture. More specifically, the company showcases classical Chinese dance, a dance system thousands of years in the making.
Glenn Watts, the retired Vice-Chancellor of Finance at Antioch University at Yellow Springs, Ohio, said the performance was wonderful: “Superb talent in the show, the athleticism, rhythm, the coordination was excellent.”
He also appreciated deeper aspects behind the artistry of the performance: “There is a spiritual nature of the performance that reflects on the spiritual nature of the Chinese people and the traditional spiritualism of them. And I think that that is something that is probably not been reflected in the modern Chinese culture.”
He would definitely encourage others to see the show. “This is a unique opportunity; this is something that shouldn’t be missed,” he said.
‘Costumes are fabulous’
Donna Evick, a retired Vice President of Key Bank was in the audience as well. “I think the costumes are fabulous; the dancing is over the top and the scenery, backdrop screen, was wonderful. The way they make the people disappear and come back out,” she said.
Shen Yun is known for its animated backdrops that show figures flying through the air on the screen and then come to life as real performers on stage.
She also enjoyed the two emcees who introduced each piece, explaining Chinese culture and history.
“It’s very interesting. They’re coming out and explaining what is going on and then just following the history through; it’s very interesting.”
The history may have caught Ms. Evick’s attention, but Andy Freimuth, a retired nurse, enjoyed it’s lighter side. “It’s playful. It’s enjoyable,” he remarked.
“It’s a beautiful performance. The costumes are outstanding,” he said.
Reporting by Valerie Avore and Sharon Kilarski.
Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture.
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