ESCONDIDO, Calif.—Ms. Diane Tudor, a retired hairdresser originally from London, was enjoying Shen Yun Performing Arts at the California Center for the Arts on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 29. She and her husband had bought a Golf Club in San Diego after moving to the United States some years ago. She closed it when her husband passed away and she still lives here. With her this afternoon was Ms. Audrey Bagby, a friend who is also retired and creates miniature art settings.
Ms. Tudor said at intermission: “I love it. It’s very nice, very interesting, very colorful. The dancing is amazing, absolutely amazing. I’ve never been to one, and I just adore it.”
Ms. Bagby said: “I saw it in the newspaper, and right away, I said, let’s go, it just looks marvelous, and it is. It’s truly wonderful. … When they dance you know exactly what the story is. It’s very nice.”
Ms. Tudor added, “So we came … It’s absolutely wonderful! So we will follow it, know where it goes, and maybe if you come back again we’ll come and see it [again].
“The story is very clever, very clever, and the dancing, of course, is so brilliant and the colors are wonderful. I just love it all. Love it all. It’s absolutely wonderful.”
Ms. Tudor particularly enjoyed Shen Yun’s state-of-the-art digital backdrop that transports the audience to a world where heaven and earth are one.
“Oh, the backdrops, very clever. I’ve never seen that before. It’s incredible. … It’s fantastic! I love it.”
Shen Yun’s performances also includes bel canto style solo vocalist singing original pieces in Chinese, with both Chinese and English lyrics projected onto the digital backdrop.
Ms. Tudor said, “The singers are very good. She’s amazing,” referring to the soprano. “Her voice is absolutely amazing. Haunting, that’s the word, isn’t it? Haunting. Absolutely love it. I thought that was quite easy [to read the lyrics]. I think it was quite explicit. It’s very good.”
Ms. Tudor said she knew a little about Chinese culture, “but to see it on stage and how they’re performing it in dancing, just tells the story very easily, and it’s easy to understand how they’re doing it.
“I can’t wait for the next half to come on,” she said.
Reporting by Zheng Qu and Robin Kemker.
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will be in Escondido for performances at the California Center for the Arts through Dec. 31.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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