Shen Yun Performing Arts awed a full house with its second performance at the Lincoln Center this year. Audience members on April 7 said they felt uplifted.
“It’s pretty impressive. I mean, I think majestical is the word that comes to mind at this point. It’s the integration of the dance. The acrobatics, and the visuals with the background in the screen. It’s pretty, pretty impressive,” said actor Michael Ealy.
“Oh, I was completely blown away. It’s everything I expected, and more,” said actor Kelly Karavites. “It’s very uplifting. It’s very inspiring. And I’m glad I came.”
“The precision, it’s unbelievable how [in the] three hours we stayed, how they manage to keep it all together. It was flawless. It was beautiful. Everything between the storylines [to] how stories are so predictable with no words or anything,” said Abraham Anidjar, who is the owner of a web design company called Web Team Management.
“Great dancing, great singing, great music. I love the orchestra. Everything was great,” said Professor John Moses.
From legends to myths, from ethnic dance to folk dance, Shen Yun aims to bring back China’s 5,000 years of traditional culture and values.
“I thought it was incredible how they were able to convey something that’s been around for thousands of years so clearly, and make it very, very digestible to a modern audience,” said Matthew Miscione, who is a senior account manager at Google. “I thought the core morals and values that each performance or story was trying to tell was very, very clear, obviously more along like traditional lines, and it was very, very cool to see I’d never seen anything like it before.”
“This story, just watching them tell the story through their dance through movement. It’s incredible,” said Brian Axman, the director of finance at Northwell Health.
Some said the performance is educational.
“As humans, we have to always hope to make ourselves better. And it’s a daily struggle for all of us. And some of us find the way to do it. And some of us continue to hope to find it. And I believe that music and dance are the perfect mechanisms for finding better parts of ourselves,” Mr. Karavites said.
“I want to congratulate the performers, because I know, having known dancers and singers, being in showbusiness myself. I know it takes a lot of discipline and continued work. And I really appreciate your efforts,” he added.
“To all the performers. You are doing an amazingly wonderful job. This is a beautiful piece. I’ve enjoyed it thoroughly. I think it’s educational. I think it’s good for everybody to come see this, and to try and introduce and immerse yourself and in a new culture,” Mr. Ealy said.
Shen Yun will be performing at the Lincoln Center until April 16.
NTD News, New York