Shen Yun Leaves Seattle Awestruck

February 11, 2012 Updated: August 14, 2015

SEATTLE—Shen Yun Performing Arts on Tuesday left audience members at the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall in Seattle in awe.

Michael Merlino, the vice president and operations manage of Seattle-based Gary Merlino Construction, attended the performance on Tuesday night.

Mr. Merlino called the performance both “beautiful [and] mesmerizing,” saying that the dance combined with costuming and music is “inspiring.”

Shen Yun aims to revive the traditional culture of China that has been passed down for thousands of years but was nearly destroyed under six decades of communist rule, and particularly, under the Cultural Revolution, according to the company’s website.

The performance primarily features classical Chinese dance as its main medium of expression but also has a unique orchestra that joins together Western and Chinese musical traditions, colorful costumes, and a variety of stories, according to the website.

Mr. Merlino said that dancers are “very graceful and beautiful,” noting that the digital backdrop—that features movement and interactivity—was “something I have never seen before. I like the way it interplays with the real people.”

Barbara Balatico, the executive assistant at software company Parallel, also attended the performance on Tuesday.

“I thought it was fabulous. I loved the message they had and artistically, it was beautiful,” she said.

China’s civilization spans 5,000 years and has a multitude of stories and legends that the performance draws from, the website states.

With reporting by Chen Si and Jack Phillips.

Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world.

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