Music industry veterans praise Shen Yun’s dance and music

2017/04/02

Two music industry professionals attended Shen Yun Performing Arts in Claremont, California, on April 1.

Karla Kelly is a jazz singer of over 20 years. Bonnie Karlyle is a retired lyricist who had written for well-known artists. Both women enjoyed the performance.

“I’m loving it,” said Kelly. “I want to see more.”

“It’s all very good,” said Karlyle. “What we’re seeing, every moment of it I’m enjoying.”

They praised the music in the show, which was performed by a live orchestra that combined both Chinese and Western instruments.

“I like it. It’s very different, something I would meditate to and be peaceful feeling with,” described Karlyle. “I’m glad I got to come and see this.”

“The scenery, put together with the music, makes you just feel like you’re in another world. It makes you feel like you’re on top of those mountains or in front of the big, beautiful pastures, or in front of the beautiful buildings that they have. It makes you feel like you’re actually there,” said Kelly.  

They also expressed admiration at the skill and dedication of the dancers.

“They’re wonderful. Couldn’t be better. Really, every one of them is just right there with every move and no mistakes. Just unbelievable,” said Karlyle.

“The choreography, they’re so flowy, even just the way that they run out on stage. They look like they’re floating and it’s just—that’s another thing that kind of makes it feel like you’re transported to another place because everything is floating. It’s beautiful,” said Kelly. “Very professional, very well done, and must be a ton of rehearsal that goes into it.”

Karlyle and Kelly both thought the show exceeded expectations.

“The dancers are the best I’ve ever seen,” Karlyle concluded.

“[Others] definitely should come. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It’s not like anything that they would have ever seen before either. They should definitely come see it,” said Kelly.

Shen Yun will be performing next in Portland, Oregon.