GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–Linda Molitor brought her husband, Jerry, to Shen Yun Performing Arts at the DeVos Performance Hall for an evening of exploring ancient Chinese civilization through the performing arts.
At intermission they said they both greatly enjoyed seeing this culture through classical Chinese dance and music, and opera-style vocalists.
“It’s very interesting,” said Mr. Molitor. “Everything is very cool, the dancing is neat, and the dress is nice. It’s really spectacular.”
“It’s nice, and it gives you an idea of their culture,” said Ms. Molitor, and her husband agreed.
That is the mission of Shen Yun, to share with the world China’s 5,000-year-old divinely inspired culture and its virtues through dance, music, and song. Some of the pieces depict beloved stories and characters from the Middle Kingdom’s long history.
New York-based Shen Yun is a leader in reviving the ancient art form of classical Chinese dance, which is known for its difficult spins and flips as well as its gentle elegance. The orchestra is the first of its kind to successfully combine Chinese and Western instruments, producing a fresh, rich sound, according to the company’s website.
Another outstanding feature of the performance is the animated digital backdrops that interact with the performers. The Molitors thoroughly enjoyed this feature.
“I loved the backdrop–how it incorporates the screen, how it looks like [3-]dimensional and people jump into it and jump out of it,” said Mr. Molitor. “It’s pretty neat. It adds a lot.”
Mrs. Molitor’s added, “Brilliant.”
Reporting by Valerie Avore and Cat Rooney
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
The 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.