Stage Director: ‘Shen Yun’s choreography is incredible beyond description’
Posted by Author on July 19, 2010
By Helena Zhu, Epoch Times Staff, July 19, 2010 –
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Shen Yun Performing Arts’ performance at Sacramento Community Center Theater on Sunday has allowed many overseas Chinese to reconnect to their culture.
Among the attendees of the show were Hong Hanmin and his family. A Chinese descent from the Philippines, Hong was a stage director for 36 years.
“Before, I’d only heard of this great show. Now that I saw it, I cannot describe it with words,” said Mr. Hong with a thumb raised. “Shen Yun’s choreography is incredible beyond description. … These dancers are so young, but so synchronized.
“Usually the stage background is a still picture or still setup, so Shen Yun’s animated backdrops are completely new to me, and they went so well with the dancing.”
In addition to the featured classical Chinese dance, Shen Yun also has a one-of-a-kind orchestra, composed of both Chinese and Western instruments.
“It was my first time seeing an orchestra combining Chinese and Western instruments,” said Mr. Hong.
“I have a few Caucasian friends. After watching Shen Yun, they told me that it was their first time seeing such stage setup, such dance, such dancers, and such music. They said that this show has given them new perspectives and ideas.”
As a stage director, Mr. Hong has gotten new inspirations himself.
“I’ve never seen such spectacular scenes. These are all first-class performers—they performed beautifully and in unison. Their performance is imprinted deep in my heart. I will always remember the backdrops, music, and choreography.”
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