MADISON, Wis.—”We’re enjoying this a lot,” said Mike Shoys, vice president of the State Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Shoys was speaking of Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company’s performance he attended with his wife, Margo, at Madison’s Overture Center for the Arts, on April 4.
The internationally-renowned Shen Yun, based in New York, is in Madison this week for two performances, giving the couple the opportunity to experience classical Chinese dance and music for the first time.
Audiences witness 5,000 years of China’s divinely-inspired cultural heritage through classical Chinese dance, music, colorful costumes, vocalists and interactive hi-tech backdrop scenes, the company website states.
“It is interesting to see the culture,” said Mrs. Shoys, referring to the dances such as the joviality of the Joyful Little Monks and the wondrous beauty of the Lotus Leaves.
Another unique feature of the performance is Shen Yun’s digital backdrop, which provides vividly animated settings, extending the stage and transporting the audience to a world where heaven and earth are one.
“The effects are great, the backdrop, the effect is wonderful. That’s a lot of fun.” said Mr. Shoys, who particularly enjoyed the way the artists interacted seamlessly between stage and screen.
Mrs. Shoys echoed her husband’s sentiments about the performance. “It’s good. We’re enjoying it a lot,” she said, referring particularly to the dancing.
Classical Chinese dance is said to have a history of several thousand years and was passed down through each Chinese dynasty, the company states. Over the years, it has become a comprehensive system of dance that boasts a variety of unique rhythms, movements, and meanings.
Reporting by Yang Chen and Cat Rooney.
Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world, with a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will perform in Madison, Wisconsin, April 4-5.
For more information, please visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org