DENVER—When a magician reveals the tricks behind the magic, it becomes clear that there was no magic at all. For someone who has experience with stage performances, it becomes easy to pick and poke when viewing a performance. Thankfully, when John Goss, a theater owner came to see Shen Yun Performing Arts, he was not disappointed to say the least.
“I do a lot of performing at theater stuff and I might be a little more critical than most people,” said Mr. Goss.
“We were just talking about the different aspects of it. Visually incredible. The dancing was just beautiful. The synchronicity, I’m always looking for little flaws and stuff, it was fantastic. The performances were wonderful,” he added.
Shen Yun is based in New York, and its dancers are trained in classical Chinese dance. The work that the dancers put into performing flawlessly time and time again is incalculable.
“I think there’s 12 women in the cast, and 13 men. And you could tell that if two were performing, the others were changing and they were going back and forth. It’s very intricate and I bet they had quite a few changers in the back, I’m assuming, to make that work. So I find it interesting the things that the audience doesn’t [see] going on in the back and how they’re changing everything and stuff. But it was beautiful,” said Mr. Goss.
Shen Yun‘s dancers rehearse tirelessly so that no detail goes unnoticed.
“The synchronicity of when they all dance together, I would love watching arms, the specifics, and if they were all exactly the same level. I like picking things out like that and I thought that was really impressive. It was just beautiful,” commented Mr. Goss.
The costumes seen in Shen Yun’s performances are all handmade. The designs are inspired by the attire worn in the heavens.
“The costumes are gorgeous. I know the logistics of how difficult it is to go off stage and have to change costumes really quickly and come right back out and perform again,” said Mr. Goss.
Shen Yun has eight companies performing around the world simultaneously. Each company completes nearly 100 performances before the season is over.
“There’s the passion and the energy they had in their dancing. It was beautifully done. And you know they performed this an awful lot all over the country time after time. And to keep that kind of passion over and over again,” said Mr. Goss.
Shen Yun also features solo singers and an erhu performance. The erhu is one of the most important instruments in Chinese history.
“The soloist, the female soloist was beautiful. And that pianist probably doesn’t get the credit she deserves too. She was phenomenal,” said Mr. Goss.
Each of Shen Yun’s companies has its own orchestra. The music was written by Shen Yun’s resident composers so that the music will fit the dances like a glove.
“I was telling her how flawless the orchestration was. I always listen to the orchestra very carefully to see if there’s anything that’s distracting or something that I notice out of the midst of any kind. It was incredibly tight and very creative and clever, especially with the background,” he said.
Reporting by Sherry Dong and Maria Han.
The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.