“After enchanting royals in London…
After performing for packed houses across Asia…
After wowing a sold-out audience at Lincoln Center in January, Shen Yun Performing Arts returns to Lincoln Center to perform selections from past years’ world tours.”
So read my invite to the opening night performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Lincoln Center’s grand David H. Koch’s theater. I went. Donna Karan showed up. So did “Sex and the City” mastermind Candace Bushnell. All there to be enchanted and wowed by some old-school Chinese culture.
Billed as “the world’s premiere classical Chinese dance and music company,” the New York based company honors Chinese traditional culture through dance, song and music. The show, composed of pieces from their all-original repertoire, was robust, clocking in at over two hours. The night’s most eye-catching piece, “Plum Blossom,” featured a slew of female dancers, each parading around with two hot pink fans, that when opened together resembled a…wait for it…blossom [check out the pic above to get an idea]. The two words that came to my mind while watching this flower spectacular? Vegas, baby! Not quite what I expected going into this blast from China’s past, but there you have it.
The show wraps its New York City run this weekend. Go here to get tickets.
Some pics from the event:
Donna Karan at the opening night. [Photo by Chance Yeh/Patrick McMullan]
Candace Bushnell and Kelly Rutherford (“Gossip Girl”) posing at opening night. [Photo by Chance Yeh/Patrick McMullan]