CHICAGO—As owner of International Skin Beauty Academy, Dr. Natalia Doran is very serious about beauty. After viewing Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company at the Civic Opera House on April 22, she said, “It’s like a piece of art.”
New York-based Shen Yun aims to bring beauty to the world by reviving the lost traditional performing arts of China. The company specializes in dance of two kinds: classical Chinese dance and ethnic and folk dances that show the breadth of China’s diversity.
“We really do enjoy it because of the diversity of the groups, of the performance,” Ms. Doran said.
She called the dance movements amazing and considered the costumes to be like art.
“We really do enjoy it, we do,” she repeated.
Also attending the show this evening was Dominica De Trosta, a doctor of alternative medicine.
“I absolutely loved it,” she said enthusiastically.
Ms. De Trosta loves music, art and opera.
“It was like colorful art plus a show, not only the opera singing was wonderful, but beautiful colors, beautiful people,” she said.
In addition to the dancing, Shen Yun travels with world-class vocalists.
Ms. De Trosta appreciated the subject matter of some of the dance pieces that demonstrated restrictions to personal liberties in China.
“They are not free, there is no freedom, and they cannot do whatever they want, and it is very sad that they [Shen Yun] cannot perform today over there in China," she said. This struck a personal note for her.
“It was lovely and I hope they are going to come up with a new show next year,” she said.
Reporting by Valerie Avore and Sharon Kilarski.
Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform at Chicago's Civic Opera House through April 24. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org