Shen Yun Performing Arts came to Grand Rapids over Valentine’s Day weekend. Although plenty of couples went to see Shen Yun, I didn’t go with Prof. Instead, I went with Piano Man for a mommy and son date. Piano Man wanted to see their performance based on this brochure:
I wasn’t overly excited about the performance because of last year’s terrible photoshopped brochure.
The dancer’s legs looked like bad Barbie doll stretched out. But when your little one wants to see a little culture, how can one deny such a request?
Thinking we were going to indulge in a little Chinese culture through dance, we got a lot more. The dance troupe dressed in outfits reminiscent of other ethnic and regional costumes from Tibetan, Hmong, and Mongolian culture. We watched classical Chinese dance performances, and even listened to a soprano soloist and erhu music playing.
Most of it was pretty cool stuff. However, if you didn’t know a thing about Falun Dafa, you certainly will learn plenty by the time the performance is over. You’ll quickly notice some religious overtones mixed with political undertones against the Chinese government.
I’ve seen the National Ballet of China perform at the Kennedy Center, which is on a whole other level of performance art. But I think Shen Yun offers a variety of traditional and folk dance that teaches you about a wide variety about Chinese culture.
When I asked Piano Man which part was his favorite, he enjoyed the storytelling dances, “Magic Paintbrush” in particular. My favorite was watching him perk up at his favorite moments. When he liked something, he’d sit at the edge of his seat to get a better view.
The last time Piano Man and I had a theater date was back in Cyprus, watching a Cypriot rendition of Cinderella. I can’t wait to see what other theatrical performances he will want to watch next.
What other performances would you recommend seeing next?
From my hometown to yours,