MILAN—For fashion designer and consultant Zoi Kyriakakou, Shen Yun Performing Arts was more than just an entertainment and cultural experience.
“This one was really food for my soul,” Ms. Kyriakakou said.
Based in New York, Shen Yun travels the world each year with its line up of classical Chinese dance and music to revive China’s divinely inspired culture. Exhilarating dance performances, soothing music performed by the Shen Yun Orchestra accompanying the dances, hundreds of beautiful costumes, and delicately designed projected backdrops take audiences on a journey through China’s ancient history all the way to the present.
Beside sophisticated dance techniques and beautiful costumes and music, audiences also find the performances rich with traditional Chinese culture and values.
“When the curtains opened, it was like in one second—just the colours, and the harmony—the combination of very strong colors coming together,” she continued, “it was the combination of everything that made a person feel very relaxed.”
“I feel very relaxed, and this is very important for me because I haven’t felt like this in a very long time.”
Andrea Biondi, president of the Crocera Stadium and director of a sports association, said he greatly enjoyed Shen Yun.
“It is absolutely beautiful and fantastic,” Mr. Biondi said. “The costumes and the dances are just amazing.”
Gigliola Piciocchi, a PR consultant, said she felt like she took a trip to China while watching Shen Yun.
“I think a lot of our habits and traditions have their roots in Chinese culture. We don’t have much knowledge of Chinese customs and culture. I think it’s interesting to go deeper in Chinese culture,” she said.
Taking inspiration from traditional Chinese culture she saw in the performance, Ms. Piciocchi said “we should have more emphasis on meditation in our Western culture as well.”
“I believe we don’t take enough time to stop and think.”
Reporting by Florian Godovits and Mary Mann
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.
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