NEW YORK—Asia Society member Eiko Sato Assael left the full-house Shen Yun Performing Arts performance at Lincoln Center Wednesday with a feeling of peace. “World peace,” she said.
“It was like heaven,” she said. “It’s like you are really coming from heaven to the stage.”
The New York-based company travels the world with the best classical Chinese dancers to revive legends and culture from 5,000 years of history. The Chinese have always believed their traditional culture is divinely inspired; Buddhas and Daos figure prominently in their art and performance.
“Originally all beautiful things and China things … attract[ed] all of the world’s people,” said Ms. Sato Assael. She left Shen Yun’s performance feeling “peace, world peace.”
“There’s a sweetness that’s nice,” said Alair Townsend, semi-retired Crain’s New York Business publisher. He said that the ancient Chinese culture was somehow familiar.
“I feel like I’ve seen [it], that I’m familiar with it,” said Mr. Townsend.
Burmese Princess Ying Sita said that Chinese dance and culture is spreading globally and predicted it will continue to do so.
“I think this is a worldwide thing,” said Princess Sita. “It is going all over the place. It is lovely … I think all over the world, it will be very popular.”
John Selloni, owner of transportation company Century Carriers, liked the color of the dances and was moved by the message he perceived.
A dance titled The Choice, depicts the agonizing separation of a young couple due to the Chinese regime’s persecution of spiritual groups in China. “I liked ‘The Choice’ because it showed good and evil, and goodness prevails over evil,” said Selloni’s wife, Maria.
Rebecca Tabajovich Even-Zohar, a member of the National Art Club and former UN interpreter, praised “The colors, [and] the combination of technology, the music, [and] the art.”
“Very, very wonderful,” added Even-Zohar.
“It’s really perfect, and it is obviously something quite exceptional,” said Leonardo Gasparini, Artistic Director of Palacio de la Cultura y la Communicación in Guadalajara, Mexico. “The music I liked very much, the mixture between the traditional elements and classic ones,” said Mr. Gasparini.
The Shen Yun Orchestra combines Chinese traditional instruments, which lead the melody, with Western classical instruments providing the foundation. The orchestra harmonizes with the digital backdrop and the movements of the dancers.
“It’s amusing, it’s surprising, and it’s rich,” concluded Mr. Gasparini, “especially, I must say, the dance.”
Reporting by NTD, Tracey Zhu, and Tara MacIsaac.
Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will perform at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center through April 22.
For more information visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org