NEW YORK—Gail Propp is one among those who think Shen Yun Performing Arts should hit Broadway—in one form or another.
“Broadway should copy this,” said the former CIO of Slim-Fast Foods, which was purchased by Unilever some years ago before it was sold last year.
“This was absolutely phenomenal and magical,” Mrs. Propp added after seeing Shen Yun at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater on Jan. 14. “The dancing was great and beautiful, but the whole scenery was unbelievable.”
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts traverses the globe, presenting the ancient traditional Chinese culture to audiences across five continents.
At the heart of the performance is classical Chinese dance, an art form that is one of the most comprehensive in the world.
“Classical Chinese dance has a long history of thousands of years, passed down continuously within the imperial palace and ancient Chinese theater and opera. Soaking up profound wisdom from every era and dynasty, it has become a complete system of dance embodying traditional aesthetic principles with its unique dance movements, rhythms, and inner meaning,” according to the company’s website.
Accompanying the dancers is a unique orchestra that melds both classical Chinese and Western instruments.
Mrs. Propp, who is also involved in a variety of charitable endeavors, found the performance quite pleasing.
One part in particular that stood out to Mrs. Propp was the ingenious way the digital backdrops are utilized by the dancers—who appear to jump in and out of the screen. She described it as “how the people floated out of the backdrop.”
And as Shen Yun revives the traditional Chinese culture, it also shows people the range of aspects from the culture.
“Sophisticated dance techniques, an orchestra joining instruments from both the East and West, beautiful costumes, and a stunning back drop—this is Shen Yun at first glance,” notes the company’s website.
“But digging deeper, one discovers a sea of traditional Chinese culture. Mortals and divine beings merge on stage as one. Principles such as benevolence and justice, propriety and wisdom, respect for the heavens, and divine retribution, all come to life, washing over the audience. Originating from Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism, these ideals are the essence of traditional Chinese culture.”
Overall, Mrs. Propp found the performance left her happy.
“It’s just uplifting,” she said. “It was uplifting. It was just beautiful.”
Reporting by Sherry Dong and Zachary Stieber
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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