GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—“Everything is outstanding,” said Dan Taylor, vice president of a major Canadian company. Mr. Taylor attended the performance by Shen Yun Performing Arts World Company with his wife, Teresa.
Very impressed, Mrs. Taylor loved the performance, which presents classical Chinese dance and music. When trying to put a finger on the aspects she most enjoyed, she said: “All of it!”
Shen Yun mission is to revitalize 5,000 of Chinese civilization, principally through two kinds of dance: classical Chinese dance, which is a vehicle for presenting the history, legends, and myths of China, and folk dances, which highlight China’s many ethnicities.
“I think it’s great that they’re trying to tell the stories and history,” Mr. Taylor said. “It’s a good program.”
If the history impressed Mr. Taylor, for Mrs. Taylor it was the colors. Shen Yun specializes in color coordinating its handmade costumes with the digitally-animated backdrops.
“The backdrops are magical windows to completely different realms,” reads Shen Yun website. “From vast open grasslands in one dance to the stately elegance of Tang Dynasty pavilions in another; from dusty yellow battlegrounds to tropical beaches to Himalayan peaks to picturesque scenery of the Yellow River Delta—the digital projection infinitely expands and transforms the stage.”
The couple agreed that they would both tell their friends to attend.
“I would recommend it to anybody!” Mrs. Taylor said.
Reporting by Joan Wang and Sharon Kilarski
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.