I have seen many Chinese shows, but this one is one of the most amazing shows. The audience can actually smell beautiful senses that reflect what is happening in each scene. The director really does a great job in putting you in that fictional world that they created. The effects of the show really make you feel like you are a part of the story. It is almost as if your physical body is in a virtual reality!
Wow! Very impressive show. I brought my grandson and he loved it too. The beautiful 3-D images of animals, nature, and the four elements really jumped out at him. He loved the music and the scenic views. I personally enjoyed the nice Chinese music that they played. There was a mixture of slow and upbeat songs. There was no intermission, but the show was only 1.5 hours long so intermission was not necessary. I wish the show was longer!
The 5-D show is the first of its kind. 5-D implicating a show that will touch upon the five human senses. The name in itself is already filled with intriguing mystery. The show was a variation of Cirque De Soliel but unlike any that I have seen. It embodies the stories of love, darkness and light – it embodies the true meaning of artistry. With a combination of music, dance, and intricate lighting, the show came to life. Children in the audience were in awe, as they reached out to touch 3-D objects that protruded from the stage (without 3-D glasses). Adults in the audience fixed their gaze on the ever changing scenes that never seized to amaze. Amongst the live bands, powerful dancers, and seasoned vocalists, there was a mix of cultural music – a little something for everyone.
-H. Lam 美国律师
I liked the main theme of the show. The idea of Yin and Yang traveling around China to find themselves was ingenious. The short love story was cute too. The show was like a journey around China. It showed us all the unique Chinese cultural elements: traditional music, Mongolian dance, ancient Chinese costumes, acrobatics, etc. It was definitely a beautiful and eye-opening show.
It was my first time to watch a 5D performance. The visual effects and the smell really made a world of difference. The show was engaging, cohesive and well-made. The episode that really got me was when the Chinese girl played the Pipa against the backdrop of war and fire. This show was a combination of all great things of China and Chinese culture. I was totally amazed and I would love to watch it again.
1、Scarlett Chang, Los Angeles Times
“A $6 million multimedia extravaganza that marries digital animation and projection with virtuoso Chinese singers and musicians playing traditional instruments, all knitted together by a story inspired by ancient Chinese cosmology.”
“The immersive storytelling of Memory 5D+ evokes Cirque du Soleil.”
2、Michelle Mills, Daily News
How would you like to take a trip through China and experience its performing arts? You can get a sense of being there during Memory 5D+, which features a range of traditional performances, including Chinese acrobatics, Dolan Muqam music, Tuvan throat singing, shadow play, Suzhou Pingtan (storytelling and ballad singing), Tibetan folk songs and Mongolian Long Tune.
3、Hettie Lynn Hurties, KPCC FM
“Unique and thrilling -- not only is the music captivating, but watching these musicians perform is mesmerizing.”
“独一无二、激动人心 -- 音乐使人着迷，音乐家们的表演十分精彩。”
“If you have a chance to see Memory 5D+ don’t miss it!”
4、Imaan Jalali, LA Excites
“Technologically impressive… a harbinger of how entertainment in the future is to be comprehensively experienced inside a theatre … the future meets the past to acknowledge the immediacy of the present.”
“The lavish origins of Chinese heritage are paid homage with a profusion of ancient instruments, none more exciting than the two indigenous bands who line each side of the stage in the final chapter of the spectacular.”
5、Pauline Adamek, Artsbeat LA
“A dazzling spectacle … a fantastic show!”
“The $6-million multimedia show promised an “immersive experience” and certainly delivered.”
“A rare opportunity to experience some outstanding live musical performances … a series of bravura performances … seldom seen outside the vast continent of Asia.”
6、Dyanne Weiss, Liberty Voice
“A new entertainment spectacular … an innovative show.”
7、Erwin Galub, eeworldnews.com The Experience Magazine
“An outstanding performance by all of the artists … a great combination of new technology combined with traditional arts. A great experience!”
8、David DeMulle, Foothills Paper
“Something rarely seen in the western world, truly an experience to remember.”
“Using ancient dance forms and modern technology, the production effectively melds a large company of virtuoso performers and a panoramic video light display to draw the audience into a world of sight and sound like a 3-D video game.”
‘I recommend this to anyone that wants a quick lesson in Chinese artistry.”
9、Peter Rainer, Noted United States Journalist and Critic
“A rare opportunity to experience a vast array of traditional Chinese music by virtuoso practioners of such instruments as the pipa, guqin, morin, and much more. Tuvan throat singing is always a must-hear!"
10、Karen Salkin, It’s Not About Me
“Fascinating. A wonderful production in all manner of artistry … the creativity is a sight to behold. I was awed by the entire presentation.”
MEMORY 5D+ REVIEW
After seeing this incredibly unique musical presentation from China, I still don’t understand the title, nor the Chinese language all the singing is in, but none of that matters. Memory 5D+ is a wonderful production, in all manner of artistry. It was fascinating from the moment we entered the auditorium.
Since I had interviewed some of the principal players a month or so before Memory 5D+ arrived at the Pasadena Civic Center, I had a feeling it would be spectacular. (If you missed that column, you can still read my preview here: itsnotaboutme.tv/news/upcoming-event-memory-5d.) When Mr. X read what I wrote about the show, that was still upcoming at that time, he even agreed to come with me to see it, which I have a feeling that most of you know just how rare of an occurrence that is!
And, as usual, I was correct! The creativity was a sight to behold! And a treat for the ears, as well. Actually, it was a treat for other senses, too, which I’m going to tell you about in a bit.
There is a slight story to the program, which an announcer told us right at the beginning, but I really don’t think that matters at all. We just took it as an experience with many different stunning offerings. I do know that it’s a tale of the concept of yin and yang, which are personified by two wonderful dancers, Zhang Yixiang and Zhao Lei. They perform throughout the show, as does female dancer Zhou Lijun. Some others do just one number each, and every single one of them is superb and exquisite!
I didn’t know where to look for some of the numbers; there was so much going on in them! For example, in one number, there was the beautiful music, which was brought to us by musicians and singers, and a dancer/contortionist moved slowly across the stage in a surreal way, while about twenty beautiful ladies surprised us by walking slowly down the aisles, holding glowing pink flowers. And, all the while, the spellbinding holographic projections were mesmerizing us. I needed to see that one number about five more times to catch it all!!!
And those “aisles walkers” weren’t the only special happening during the production. How’s this for special–as flowers appeared on the scrim, we literally smelled them!!! What a fabulous surprise!
My gorgeous New Best Friend, Lucina Yue, not only played the harp like an angel, but she looked like one, as well. And her vocals matched it all. I can’t imagine how hard it must be to sing while playing the harp, of all stringed instruments. That whole number, accented by a beautiful dancer, was magical.
Mr. X and I both loved that the projections extended beyond the sides of the stage. And there were two levels of the visuals to begin with. Some were on the backdrop screen, while different ones showed-up on the scrim, which stayed in front of the performers until the very end, to give us that extra panoramic depth. That the ethereal images went all the way back to the balcony was the icing on the cake.
A major highlight of the show was a rousing number played by Zhou Siyao on the pipa, which is a short-necked fretted lute, an unusual instrument that reminded me sort-of of a vertical guitar.
And aerialists, The Xiangyun Brothers, were perfect. They brought the right amount of pizzazz to the show, without horrifying Mr. X, who’s usually not a fan of acts that feature possible danger to the entertainers. Our mouths were hanging open during their numbers, and the audience joined us in gasping at their feats.
I was looking forward the most to hearing the Tuvan throat singing, because it’s so not the norm in entertainment in this country, and I was not disappointed. At all. I had seen it performed on TV only a time or two in my life, and the individual was just standing there singing in that manner, so I loved the surprise of hearing it performed in songs this time, accompanied by traditional Chinese instruments. It sounded just like Tom Waits. Maybe he’s part Mongolian, and we never knew!
Mr. X said he was touched by the “delicate beauty” of Memory 5D+. On the way home, he added that the entire production was “classy and transporting.” (I think he should be writing all these reviews instead of moi, n’est pas?) I agree with all of his assessments, and was awed myself by the entire presentation.
There was actually only one tiny, shallow thing that could have made the experience better for me—at the very end, as we were wildly applauding, several members of the cast brought out beautiful blue scarves, and bestowed them upon audience members who seemed to know what was coming; they all rushed right up to the front of the stage to receive them. I was sitting close enough to get up there as soon as I realized what the routine was, but I didn’t know if it would be insulting to the culture for a non-Chinese person to get one, so I hung back. But once I found-out that the scarves symbolize good luck, (not to mention that they match my eyes!,) I’ve been regretting my politeness ever since.
So, I’ll just have to be content with the fact that my good fortune was in seeing Memory 5D+ to begin with! I hope that someday, somewhere, you all will be as fortunate.