KANSAS CITY, Mo.—“It’s just gorgeous,” attorney David Schlee said after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on March 29.
New York-based Shen Yun’s four touring companies captivate theatergoers in 20 countries and over 100 cities. Tonight’s performance was the third of four in Kansas City this season.
Shen Yun’s program consists of 20 or so mini-dramas that depict scenes from China’s history, mythology, folklore, and literature. Bilingual English-Mandarin emcees offer a brief introduction before each piece.
David Schlee, a founding shareholder of Schlee, Huber, McMullen & Krause, P.C., and fellow attorney Sheila Madden, who both work for the same firm, attended Shen Yun’s Saturday evening performance in Kansas City.
“I’m not sure what I expected, but I’ve really been kind of mesmerized. The dancing is just exquisite, and the storytelling—the way each dance tells us something a little more about Chinese culture—is just really, really interesting. We’ll be back next year,” Ms. Madden said.
Shen Yun’s mission is to revitalize traditional Chinese culture through the performing arts. While classical Chinese dance is at the core of its program, it also showcases elegant handmade costuming, digital interactive backdrops, and a full orchestra featuring both Eastern and Western instrumentation, as well as several solo vocalists.
Attorney Schlee explained their feelings: “They just do a wonderful job. The costumes are just fantastic, and the skill of the dancers is amazing—it really is. I really enjoyed it.”
Ms. Madden was surprised to hear that all of the performers’ costumes are handmade. “Are they really? Oh my,” she said.
“The control and grace is really amazing. I keep saying amazing. It really is quite beautiful,” Ms. Madden said.
Reporting by NTD Television and Andrew Darin
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit Shen Yun Performing Arts.
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