The New York-based Shen Yun company brings to life 5,000 years of Chinese civilization. Classically trained dancers, award-winning singers, and a unique orchestra help tell stories, some tragic, some sweet.
“I like the funny ones like the Monkey King, [The Monkey King Thwarts the Evil Toad] and the pregnant woman,[Ne Zha Churns the Sea]” said Ms. Sumon, a recently graduated medical student applying for residency.
For Ms. Sumon’s father, Aung Choon, his favorite aspect of the show was the colorful backdrops, and the music.
“It’s a mixture,” he said. “It’s kind of like Western symphony and maybe old traditional Chinese” music.
Ms. Sumon and her parents, Aung Choon and Freya Tan, immigrated to the United States from Burma in the 1990s, and several years later grandma joined them. Grandma doesn’t speak much English, but she still enjoyed the show, as most of the stories are told without words.
“It’s fun to watch,” grandma said in Burmese.
Reporting by Cat Rooney and Conan Milner
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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