Sport Science Lecturer: Shen Yun, ‘It was spectacular’

March 26, 2015

DUBLIN—A standing ovation was how Shen Yun’s second of two performances ended in Dublin tonight. Ms. Karen Parkinson and lecturer in Sport Science at Inchicore College was amazed with the physical ability of the Shen Yun dancers.

“I teach sports science so when I see the leg come up and there is no drama made of it. From a physical point of view it was spectacular and done with such eloquence.

I don’t have a dancing background but you don’t have to have a dancing background to see it or enjoy it.
— Karen Parkinson
“I don’t have a dancing background but you don’t have to have a dancing background to see it or enjoy it because it tells a story, very enjoyable,” said Ms. Parkinson.

Technical skill in classical Chinese dance refers to a series of highly difficult techniques, including jumping and leaping, turning, and flipping. These techniques serve to enhance bearing and form.

According to Shen Yun “Flips are classical Chinese dance’s most distinct techniques, and they include two main classifications. One is “flipping the body,” which is a series of turning movements wherein the waist is the axis and the dancer’s torso is slightly tilted. The second is aerial or tumbling techniques, and is one of the most difficult kinds of techniques.

Karen Parkinson and Linda Gellar attend Shen Yun Performing Arts at Dublin's Convention Center on March 26, 2015. (Martin Murphy/Epoch Times)
Karen Parkinson and Linda Gellar attend Shen Yun Performing Arts at Dublin’s Convention Center on March 26, 2015. (Martin Murphy/Epoch Times)

“All these jumping, turning, and flipping techniques, along with the exquisiteness of the bearing and form, give classical Chinese dance special expressivity. It is able to transcend ethnic, cultural, and even linguistic barriers, taking this well-established Chinese culture and presenting its essence to the world.”

Commenting on the fact that Shen Yun can’t turn in China due to the communist party Ms. Parkinson said “I think it is wonderful that there are Chinese people all around the world who get to see this show, however. It is an incredibly sad thing that they can’t do this in their own country.

“It is a shame that they can’t promote this in their own land. It’s great that it is on offer to the rest of the world.”

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

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