NEW YORK—Charlotte Simonis was one of the captivated audience members who watched the Jan. 9 performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts at Manhattan's David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center.
"It was so fantastic and so precise. In my whole life I have never seen a show that had captured the audience so completely. There wasn’t a sound coming out of anybody in that theater—everybody was just awed by what was going on on that stage. Beautiful!"
As a dancer and singer herself, Ms. Simonis right away commented on the amount of practice required to achieve such precision and skill.
"The practicing that has to go on, for months, not for just one dance, but for each number that these young people participated in, was unbelievable," she said. "It takes a long time to be that precise. It was unbelievable."
"It was a beautiful, beautiful show. They work very, very hard and I commend them highly. I think everyone should see that show and see what a good show it is," Ms. Simonis said.
She also praised the backdrops, which portray scenes from across China throughout history: "They were beautiful!"
Some of the images featured in the backdrops, by virtue of being digital, move along with the performers, helping to illustrate a story, or to add beauty to a dance.
Ms. Simonis's show companion, Denis Twomey, a retired engineer, said: "We were thrilled. We thought we got to see something good anyway, coming here, and it was better than that."
Reporting by NTD Television and Channaly Philipp.
Shen Yun Performing Arts will perform at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater through Jan. 16. For more information visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org