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President of digital arts College: Shen Yun dance “spectacular, very athletic, and beautiful”

Posted by Author on July 25, 2010

By Abraham Thompson, Epoch Times Staff, July 24, 2010 –

SAN FRANCISCO— Ex’pression College president and creative director, Spencer Nilsen and his wife, Claire, were among the theatergoers at Shen Yun Performing Arts’ evening show at the War Memorial Opera House on Saturday, July 24.

When asked about the display of classical Chinese dance and music, Mr. Nilsen replied: “Oh, it’s beautiful. Wonderful music and the costumes are incredible. The dance is spectacular, very athletic and beautiful.”

Mr. Nilsen has a impressive background in the music and digital media. He has worked on show productions for bands, and he has worked together with others and produced and directed many TV shows, commercials and music videos for ESPN, Turner Broadcasting, The Super Bowl and American Express. Mr. Nilsen was hired by SEGA where he headed the music department and composed many well-known movie soundtracks.

Currently, Mr. Nilsen is the acting president of Ex’pression College for digital arts.

Mr. Nilsen enjoyed the culture and storytelling of Shen Yun. “First of all, the culture is so extraordinary in the storytelling—it’s fantastic through the use of dance and music and choreography,” he said.

Who knows, Mr. Milsen may have gotten some new inspiration for the next video soundtrack he works on after attending the show.

“I’m always interested in new art forms and new music, and this seems to be a wonderful combination of both,” and, “I’m interested in all art forms—this in particular—just the combination of the different music and dance. Having only been exposed to Western ballet and dance and orchestration, it’s a different approach,” said Mr. Nilsen, referring to the Shen Yun New York Company orchestra.

The elaborate backdrop and stage props used by Shen Yun are unique and give added depth to each performance, something Mr. Nilsen enjoyed. “I think it’s fascinating. The colors are very vibrant and obviously sets the location for each of the scenes.”…… (more details from The Epochtimes: College President: ‘The dance is spectacular, very athletic, and beautiful’ )

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