PASADENA, Calif.—Rousing the audience of the Pasadena Civic Auditorium to a standing ovation, New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts delighted the audience with its display of traditional Chinese culture, classical Chinese and ethnic dance, music, and legends.
Among those in attendance on April 28 were Cody Foroogh and his mother, Mrs. Foroogh, originally from the Middle East. Mr. Foroogh, business owner of printing and event planning companies, gave his impressions of the various aspects of the performance, and was also happy to interpret for his mother, who is an interior designer.
“It is wonderful," he said. "This is my third visit. I love it very much. I enjoy it all the time and it’s very good.
"The first thing is the colors. There’s so many colors. I haven’t seen it in other cultures. The harmony and the culture itself,” Mr. Foroogh said enthusiastically.
Commenting on the dance movements and the synchronicity of the group dances, Mr. Foroogh said, “[The dancers] have much harmony with each other. [They] can dance in big groups."
The most memorable dance for Mr. Foroogh was one that depicts a favorite Chinese legend, The Monkey King. “I love it very much," he said. "The character is very funny, but it has things to offer.”
Mr. Foroogh expressed his mother’s sentiments, particularly about the shows vibrant colors and elegant costumes, saying, “She’s an interior designer and she loves the colors too. Back in our country she has her own company. She is familiar with the colors and the [matching of] color. She was very impressed with the color.
“She used to do paintings,” Mr. Foroogh explains of his mother’s passion and appreciation for the hi-tech animated backdrops that depict blossoming landscapes, deep forests, Mongolian prairies, or celestial paradises.
The overall experience of the performance left Mrs. Foroogh feeling very good and relaxed, she said.
Reporting by Masha Savitz.
Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform in Los Angeles at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, April 28-30, and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County, May 6-8. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org