CHARLOTTE, N.C.— Randy Jones, vice president for an engineering company in North Carolina, was delighted by the exquisiteness of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center on the afternoon of March 4.
“I think the costumes are beautiful, the dancing is exquisite, and I love the music too,” said Mr. Jones.
“There was great storytelling going on … it’s fun to mix storytelling and beautiful flowing dance,” he said.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance company. Through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun presents story-based dances depicting heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales spanning 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture.
Mr. Jones was particularly captivated by the beauty of the dancers’ couture costumes.
“The color, the fabric, the way that they flow with the music and the dance, it’s so complementary to what the artists are doing,” he said.
According to the company’s website, Shen Yun’s costumes and colors—believed to have been brought down from the heavens— are true to traditional aesthetics and styles, painting each dance piece with the splendor of the past.
Since 2006, Shen Yun has performed in top theaters worldwide. Since its mission is to revive the traditions of ancient China—China before communism—Shen Yun is not allowed to perform in China.
“It’s a shame that [Shen Yun] is not promoted by the current government in China,” said Mr. Jones, “so I’m glad it’s been preserved [in] New York.”
“You can’t ever suppress the human spirit,” he said. “Governments can try, but there’s a way that the human spirit will prevail.”
Reporting by Frank Liang and Jennifer Schneider.
The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.