LUBBOCK, Texas—Shen Yun Performing Arts delighted audiences at Buddy Holly Hall on May 31 with classical Chinese dance and folk dance and music.
One audience member impressed with the New York-based performing arts company was musician Clinton Barrick.
Mr. Barrick admired “the artistry of the dancers, the beauty of the orchestra and the music composed just for [Shen Yun].”
Shen Yun features a live orchestra, a unique combination of traditional Eastern and classical Western instruments.
” I loved. And I liked the oriental instruments because you don’t hear them much,” Mr. Barrick said.
Mr. Barrick plays the horn. He is also the programming director of a network of radio stations in Texas. Since the 1980s, he has been the musical director of churches and synagogues.
He also appreciated the Shen Yun singers, noting that the tenor was excellent.
Among the traditional instruments of the show is the erhu, the two-stringed Chinese fiddle. “Gorgeous,” Mr. Barrick said. “I love her so much.”
China was once known as the “Heavenly Kingdom” and, according to legend, was a world where divine beings and mortals once coexisted in harmony. Shen Yun’s dances and songs portray traditional and modern stories imbued with spiritual and moral values.
Mr. Barrick enjoyed learning Chinese traditions and watching story-based dances.
“The stories were all very clear. I understood all the stories. So it was very good,” he said.
He sent a message of encouragement to Shen Yun performers. “Keep on doing [your performances]so that we all know what this art is.
“It’s enlightening, makes my heart light”
Lee Rice, a retired conductor, was also in the audience with his family.
“It’s the first time I’ve seen the [performance] and I brought my two granddaughters, my daughter and my lovely wife to see it. So I wanted to share [Shen Yun] with them,” he said.
Mr. Rice is very interested in history.
“And so [Shen Yun] was a chance to witness some of the ancient dances of the Chinese people. And I liked the way it’s presented in the different areas and the different types of dance because I only understood it tonight,” he said.
Colorful folk and ethnic dances with their distinctive rhythms take audiences from the Mongolian plains to the Tibetan plateaus.
“But the beauty, the pageantry, the costumes, it’s magnificent. It’s wonderful,” Mr. Rice said.
“It’s enlightening and it makes me feel light-hearted. And I like it. So I feel like this is a big event that we should all see. I like to discover other cultures. We are therefore very grateful that [the performers] came [to Lubbock]Mr. Rice said.
Shen Yun’s classical Chinese dances depict stories of ancient dynasties, cherished legends, bucolic scenes, and comic tales. One dance Mr. Rice found particularly enchanting was “The Restaurant Tale” where restaurant owners playfully compete for customers.
“It was just awesome,” he said.
He was also surprised to learn that acrobatics is an integral part of classical Chinese dance. “So seeing the athletics is fascinating. It’s very nice.
Shen Yun has made it its mission to revive authentic traditional Chinese culture that was nearly destroyed by the Chinese Communist regime.
“I think [Shen Yun] spotlights the Chinese people, the real Chinese people, not the communist government that took power and did so many bad things,” Rice said.
Mr. Rice thinks that there is sometimes confusion between Maoist communism and the Chinese people of today.
He was delighted that the Shen Yun dances represented the true Chinese culture that resides in the hearts of the Chinese people.
Reporting by Sally Sun and Diane Cordemans.
The old times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since the establishment of Shen Yun in 2006.