Shen Yun ‘The best experience’

By Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
December 27, 2012 Updated: September 29, 2015

HOUSTON—Tracy Freeman, CEO of a landscape, architect, and design company, returned to see Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Jones Hall for the Performing Arts on Dec. 26 in Houston in order to share it with a friend.

“It’s the best experience, really,” said friend Tamara. “The show was phenomenal. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was fantastic. It was a visual overload. The color, the precision of the people was fantastic.”

The New York-based company puts on an all-new show each year, with meticulously designed costumes to accompany each of the dances.

“I find the show to be breathtaking,” Mr. Freeman said. “My background is in visual design and creativity, so the use of the color, and the sleeve work in the men’s and women’s dance routines were utterly breathtaking.”

Shen Yun performs classical Chinese dance as well as ethnic and folk dances. In Dancing for the Gods, male dancers perform a Tibetan dance extending their white khata sleeves towards the heavens in a ceremonious offering. In Ancient Elegance, the female dancers perform a delicate and graceful dance using their long, silken sleeves.

Each of the dances are accompanied by Shen Yun’s animated backdrops featuring scenes from China’s many regions to heavenly palaces.

“The set and landscape background design is unbelievable,” Mr. Freeman said. “When the male dancer cut the branch, I mean, how did [he] manage to time that perfectly? It was incredible. We loved it.”

Mr. Freeman said watching Shen Yun has given him inspiration with colors and fabrications he hadn’t considered before. “The artistry is awe-inspiring on its own.”

“Generally watching the show, I’ve had a feeling of being awestruck—and educational. Five thousand years ago, people knew how to have fun, even the monks,” Mr. Freeman said.

“I hope more people will enjoy it and more people will come see [it] because it’s a fantastic experience,” Tamara said.

Reporting by NTD Television and Catherine Yang.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world with a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. The Shen Yun International Company will be performing in Houston through Jan. 1. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

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