RALEIGH, North Carolina—On a unseasonably blustery, cold Saturday afternoon in North Carolina, Shen Yun Performing Arts warmed the hearts of theatergoers in Raleigh with a dynamic and moving display of classical Chinese dance at the Progress Energy Center Raleigh Memorial Auditorium.
Jim, who is in the building industry, is from Fayetteville, and a season ticket holder at the theater. He took the one-hour drive to attend the afternoon show in Raleigh.
“I loved it. The colors are vibrant, really nice,” he said.
Jim said one thing he became more aware of about Chinese culture after watching the show was the discipline displayed in the arts.
Jim was particularly impressed by the dancers. “The dancers are so agile. They're so flexible, and they're great dancers,” he said.
“Come see it. Magnificent!” he said.
Cindy, who works in human resources for a company involved in biotherapeutics, brought her young grand-daughter, Ally to the show. Ally plays the piano and is studying dancing. They both came to the show after visiting the Shen Yun website to learn more about it.
“It's beautiful, absolutely stunning. The costuming and the orchestra. [It was] wonderful,” Cindy said.
“I just marvel at the costuming and all the dancers,” she said.
Ally thought the show was educational and she learned more about “all the different geographical places” in China. She thought the show was elegant.
Asked to sum up her experience of the show, Cindy said it was "amazing."
With reporting by Thai Ton.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org