Filmmaker Moved to Tears Watching Shen Yun

2017/08/21

Writer and director Christian Gossett, whose work has been featured in a number of blockbusters and video games, described his experience watching Shen Yun Performing Arts as “divine”, saying that the performance moved him to tears.

Mr. Gossett watched Shen Yun with his daughter in Hollywood, California on April 16.

“I absolutely love it. It’s a kind of dance you don’t get to see often and the athleticism of the dancers is incredible. The beautiful colors of the costumes is wonderful,” Mr. Gossett said.

Referring to Shen Yun’s patented animated backdrop technology and the interaction of the scenes on the screen with the live performance, Mr. Gossett said, “I love the balance between the dancers and the fun stuff on the screen. I’d like to say something nice about that. I love the timing of the screen stuff with the dancers, the entrances.”

But what particularly stood out to him was the superb technique of the Shen Yun dancers and the way they seemed to float across the stage.

“I’ll tell you, I love dance, all kinds of world dance, but no one floats on a stage like Shen Yun. There’s a floating like flowers across the stage, it’’s absolutely beautiful,” he said.

“I think the dancers are amazing. I want to see the show again and again. The athleticism of them and the rhythm and the beauty and the strength, it’s absolutely incredible. I’ve never seen anything like it.

“I want to know more about these dancers. I want to visit them in New York, and I want them to teach me how to do that aerial.”

Shen Yun, which is based in New York, aims to revive China’s divinely-inspired culture. The company’s performances present the essence of China’s culture, showcasing principles and virtues such s benevolence and justice, propriety and wisdom, respect for the heavens, and divine retribution.

“It brought tears to my eyes. I was absolutely crying with the beauty of it. The idea of the world being broken and how it’s our job to renew it constantly, it’s a beautiful idea.”

In a word, Mr. Gossett described his performance taking in Shen Yun: “My experience is divine. In a single word, it’s divine.”

Mr. Gossett’s daughter Alex, was excited about the dances.

“It’s amazing dancing. I couldn’t look away. I was staring and I was like—can’t move—don’t want to move—can’t look away. I was just so amazed. They are amazing, amazing dancers.”

Mr. Gossett added, “Throughout the show I was watching and I couldn’t believe how precise everything was. The coordination between the orchestra and the dancers is immediate. It’s so precise, it’s beautiful, it’s really, really fun. That alone is amazing, on top of all the artistry as well.”

What’s more, Shen Yun’s use of an orchestra that combines traditional Chinese instruments with classical Western instruments added to the authenticity and beauty of the performance. Mr. Gossett praised the coordination of the orchestra with the dances on the stage.

“The music is incredible…The music is absolutely world class. It’s so good I find myself listening to it and forgetting that there are human beings in the room.”

Mr. Gossett’s advice is simple: “Come see [Shen Yun] now. Now. Go to the next show, wherever it is.”

Yiyuan Zhang and Ke Yuan, NTD News, in Hollywood, California contributed to this report.