THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.—Shen Yun Performing Arts is a performance the entire family can enjoy together. Denise Frankfort and her husband were finally able to get their family to experience Shen Yun together.
“This was a thrill because we have the whole family,” said Denise Frankfort. Although her entire family was at the performance, only she, her husband, and her son Evan were present for the interview.
Although New York-based Shen Yun has been touring the United States since 2006, this is their first time seeing the performance.
“I loved it tonight. And I’ve waited so long to see it that I’m more than pleased. I had no idea about the background and how exquisite it was. And I know that the dancers are so precise. Thank you. I was just thrilled. I love it,” said Mrs. Frankfort.
Shen Yun’s dancers are trained in classical Chinese dance. Through disciplined rehearsals, the artists are able to present a flawless performance to the audience each time.
“The precision was just absolutely incredible. Incredible. I loved it. Especially the ending number. That just blew me away,” commented Mr. Frankfort.
With five millennia of history to draw from, Shen Yun produces an entertaining yet culturally rich program.
“I love the costumes. They were fantastic dancers,” said Evan, who produces music for film and television.
Some of Shen Yun’s dances come from classic Chinese literature such as “Journey to the West” and “Outlaws of the Marsh.”
“I thought the stories were fun. They were almost mythical and the use of lions and sorcerers—it’s fun,” said Evan.
Shen Yun‘s musicians include singers as well as a live orchestra. An instrument called the erhu is also featured. The erhu is a two-stringed instrument with a history of 3,000 years.
“The erhu was beautiful and we love the tenor,” said Evan.
“Great orchestra,” he added.
Shen Yun’s use of the digital backdrop is patented. Dancers are able to give the impression of flying high into the sky or diving deep into the sea. Although the dancers make these transitions look easy, the work that goes into pulling it off is a mystery.
Out of curiosity, Evan asked, “Was there a trampoline?”
Since Shen Yun‘s inception over a decade ago, Shen Yun has gone from one company to having eight companies.
“I had no idea that there were so many companies. They’re growing there. Overwhelming. It really was,” said Mrs. Frankfort.
Reporting by Linda Jiang and Maria Han.
The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.