HOUSTON—Shari Maiben seemed captivated by Shen Yun Performing Arts on Dec. 30. “Oh, it was phenomenal. I’ve never seen anything like it. I will come again, and again, and again,” she said. Ms. Maiben is a minister in Port Arthur, Texas. She saw Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company the Jones Hall for the Performing Arts.
Based in New York, Shen Yun presents 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture through classical Chinese music and dance.
“The precision, the movements, the garments, the songs, and the orchestra were phenomenal. I loved it. I’m glad I came,” Ms. Maiben said.
She said one of the dances astonished her. “I really like the dance with the bowls [Mongolian Bowl Dance]. I thought it was phenomenal how they kept it on their heads and it didn’t fall,” she said. According to the program, “from their tents, Mongolian women emerge balancing bowls on their heads in a dance of welcome.”
Between the dances, bel canto style tenors and sopranos perform solos with piano accompaniment. “It was beautiful. Everyone sung well, very well,” said Ms. Maiben.
“It touched my heart about the spirituality, about the heavens and mankind becoming one with nature. That’s what I got from it,” she said.
Bennett Van Meter, a student, said that Shen Yun’s performance is amazing and for all ages.
“I really like it. It is very cool. They are flipping around and it is amazing,” she said.
“We would definitely break every bone in our body if we would do that.”
She was completely impressed by the dedication and skill of the dancers. “It is amazing. They practice so much—because you know you have to practice a lot to get all of that down. And they are so well and they are so on cue together. They look really nice, especially with the ribbons,” said Ms. Van Meter. Some Han ethnic dance uses lengths of silk which are thrown and spun to form shapes.
Ms. Van Meter said attending Shen Yun was an amazing experience.
“The show will appeal to all ages,” she said.
Mackezie, a young dancer who did not give her last name, said that it was an amazing exposure to a different culture. She said she was particularly struck with the unity of the dancers.
“I do dance and I know it is super hard to get even the simple stuff and to get even exact at the same time. It is amazing how they do that,” she said.
“It is really nice to have this cultural experience and to find out about ancient Chinese dances and customs,” said Sharilyn Lampson, who works in the automobile industry.
Reporting by NTD Television and Kelly Ni.
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will be heading to Escondido for performances at the California Center for the Arts from Dec. 28 to 31.
New York-based Shen Yun has three companies that tour the world each year on a mission to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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