CHICAGO—At the Civic Opera House on the evening of April 20, Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company treated theater goers to an evening of fascination and beauty, in its second of five performances this season in the Windy City.
Ingrid Schroetter, a dentist and mother of four brought two of her daughters with her to the show. What brought them to the show was the same kind of cultural and aesthetic enrichment that has attracted so many others.
“I have two children with me tonight,” added Schroetter. “Both of them are ballerinas, and I brought them to a see another kind of performance; an ancient performance. We’re really fascinated by the beautiful costumes and the details of the performance. I’m very happy to have come.”
Shen Yun’s performances change every year. Thus, reoccurring audience members are treated to a different variety of pieces annually. To choose a favorite could prove most trying.
“I loved two pieces very much: the one with the spinning snowflakes, the other one I loved was the one with the very long sleeves, the silk sleeves. The costumes are so beautiful and handmade I’m sure. You could see, I actually have my binoculars with and they really pull in the details of the costumes,” Mrs. Schroetter said.
“It was very interesting in the way they brought the characters on stage through the animation. I have never seen that before. The timing has to be perfect for that.”
In terms of dance, what really amazed Schroetter and her daughters were the range of flexibility the dancers had.
“The many Eagle-spreads; with the men and the women bringing their legs all the way over and almost more. It’s almost over-extended. It’s really unbelievable.”
Schroetter ultimately commented that the whole show was really great and she might even convince some of her friends to come see the show the next day.
Reporting by Paul Darin and Catherine Hennessy.
Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world, with a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company will perform in Chicago through April 22.
For more information visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org