AUSTIN, Texas—John Izzo and Elena Griggas watched Shen Yun Performing Arts and said they had a stunning experience at Austin’s Long Center for the Performing Arts on Dec. 28.
“I think that it’s marvelous that they were able to bring this and project out the history of the country, as well as the different parts of the country, and some of its folklore, and some of the traditional values,” said Mr. Izzo, an attorney and co-founder of a law firm.
“I absolutely love cultures from around the world,” Mr. Izzo added.
Before turning to law, Mr. Izzo served as an executive at an investment banking firm, and worked as a lobbyist to help draft complex family code legislation in Arizona. As someone dedicated to creative problem solving, Mr. Izzo said he was impressed with the New York-based Shen Yun’s staging of 5,000 years of Chinese civilization.
“I liked not only seeing the traditional Chinese history, but at the same time I loved their inventiveness—the way they incorporated the backdrop in the animation with the performers to tell the story,” Mr. Izzo said. “It’s wonderful.”
Shen Yun’s unique digital backdrop allows the performers to move seamlessly from stage to screen, as well as showcase various backgrounds depicting China’s rich dynastic history.
“It’s absolutely stunning, it’s lovely,” Mr. Izzo said. “Absolutely amazing.”
“It’s very, very rich in what it’s showing us. And to me, that helps bring us a little bit closer to understanding other people in the world,” he added.
Ms. Griggas, a retail manager, said she couldn’t get enough of Shen Yun’s use of color.
“The combination of the colors is in full harmony,” she said.
Ms. Griggas said the costumes were brilliant, and she felt as if she was watching every step that the dancers made. However, she didn’t lose a bit of the whole picture, she said.
“[It’s] so impressive,” Ms. Griggas said. “I’m watching everything … it’s just like they are flying.”
Reporting by Catherine Yang
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit Shen Yun Performing Arts.
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