CHICAGO—Andy and Melinda Bush attended the third performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts on Saturday evening, April 16, on its stop at the beautiful Civic Opera House in Chicago. “I found it to be very inspiring,” Mr. Bush said.
Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company often solicits this feeling from its audiences. Shen Yun’s mission is to restore the glory of the traditional Chinese performing arts, based on values such as loyalty, courage and kindness.
But Mr. Bush saw something in the dancers themselves. He noted the athleticism of the dance but “also a lot of emotion in the dancing.”
“It's not very often you see people so athletic, to yet put so much feeling into their dance. So I found that to be touching; it's very nice,” he explained.
Mr. Bush captured some essentials of classical Chinese dance in his statement. The dance includes ‘techniques,’ that is, jumps, flips, twists, and spins. But it also includes an element called ‘bearing’ which emphasizes “the dancer’s inner expression and its connection with the movements he or she performs. It is this feeling—integrated into the movements—that brings something magical to the art,” according to Shen Yun’s website.
In fact, Mr. Bush was so impressed that he would recommend it to his friends. “I think they would enjoy it,” he 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