Theatre Videographer Loves Shen Yun’s Projected Backdrops

January 16, 2014 Updated: January 20, 2014

BALTIMORE— “From my professional point of view, I’m really impressed,” said Ron Israel after attending Shen Yun Performing Arts at Baltimore’s Lyric Opera House on Jan. 16.

He noted how remarkable it was for him to be there, “because I’m the videographer at The Lyric. So I was able to get tickets tonight to see the show, and I’m really enjoying it.”

As a videographer, Mr. Israel found Shen Yun’s projected, interactive backdrop especially remarkable. “I love the way they go from film to live action on the stage; I think that’s fantastic. Very well done.”

In the narrative dances, characters appear to enter into and emerge from the digital projection. Dancers interact with images in the backdrops with extraordinary precision. “I’m really impressed with how they’re going from screen to live action,” he said.

According to the Shen Yun website, “The deities in the Buddhist and Daoist pantheon, like the majestic realms where they reside, have distinct and rich imagery. Shen Yun’s projection depicts these heavenly paradises in all their splendor.”

Mr. Israel added that the projection piqued his curiosity, and he wanted to learn more about how the company created its digital imagery. “I would like to know more about where they did the filming and how they put it together,” he said.

“I’m a technical person, so beside the fact I am enjoying the production, I would really like to know more about how they got it together.”

He particularly loves dance, so Shen Yun’s classical Chinese dance afforded him a unique sense of pleasure. He said, “I’m enjoying all of it, and I like when the master and mistress of ceremonies come out to explain things. But I especially like dance numbers. Of all the video I produce, I love dance concerts. So I’m really enjoying this especially, and I’ve never seen a company like this.”

Mr. Israel felt so enthusiastic about the performance that he said he plans to promote it. “As a matter of fact, I am hoping tomorrow to put something on YouTube and so forth to let people know they should get to The Lyric while they have a chance, and if not, go over to the Kennedy Center.”

Reporting by NTD Television and Mary Silver

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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